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Gene Russell Phillips

Gene Russell Phillips
  • July 26, 1931 - September 29, 2020
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Wounded Warrior Project
    230 West Monroe Street, Suite 200
    Chicago, IL 60606

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Gene Russell Phillips of Battle Creek, MI

Gene, age 89, died Tuesday morning, September 29, 2020 at his residence with his loving family at his side following a lengthy illness.

Gene, the son of Glenn G. and Eva M. (VanOrden) Phillips, was born in Battle Creek on July 26, 1931 and was a lifetime resident. He served his Country honorably and nobly during the Korean War in the United States Army as a Corporal with the 250th General Hospital Unit. Gene had been employed as a baker for Archway Cookies for 13 years, before joining Grand Trunk Railroad, where he worked as an electrician, retiring in 1996 after 30 years of faithful service. He had been an active member of the Eagles Aerie # 299 of Battle Creek. Gene was an avid builder of balsa wood model airplanes; played his Lowrey organ for enjoyment; grew fantastic tomatoes in his garden; he was able to fix anything; well read in English history; was quite the storyteller which would bring out his sense of humor, loved baking cakes for family and friends and enjoyed traveling and dancing with his wife, Sandy.

Gene was united in marriage to the former, Sandra L Keeny on February 16, 1963 in St. Philip Roman Catholic Church, Battle Creek. Surviving is his wife of 57 years, Sandy; his daughter, Kelly J. (Jeff) Tobey of Battle Creek; his son, Chris J. (Jennifer) Phillips of New Lothrop, MI; five precious grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Gene was married to Helen Brown in 1949; divorced and a son survives, Edward G. Phillips of Pearce, AZ and a daughter, Paula preceded Gene in death. Gene was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Joseph and his brother, Weldon Phillips.

A memorial gathering/visitation will be held on Saturday, October 10th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the St Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Wounded Warrior Project, 230 West Monroe Street, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606.