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Richard ‘Dick’ R. Phillips - May 07, 2009


Richard “Dick” R. Phillips, 70, of Gering, died Monday, April 13, 2009, at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.
Dick was born March 19, 1939, at Imperial, Neb. to Sam J. and Merna I. (Wheeler) Phillips where he grew up and received his education.
He married Laura Taylor on Dec. 31, 1955 at North Platte. They lived in Gering and Mitchell all of their married life, where Dick was a self employed painter and roofer.
Dick loved racing horses and spending time with his grandchildren.
Dick is survived by his daughters, Carla (Amador) Orozco of Scottsbluff, Annie (Dane) Kihlthau of Gering, Jamie (Jim) Costello of Sioux County, Becky (Scott) Jackson of Dalton and Terri (Brian) Gadbaw of Scottsbluff; 14 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; one sister, Roberta (Ed) Hartman of Ogallala; and special friend and companion, Mytrle Zeigler of Gering. Dick was a nephew of Blanche Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and one granddaughter.
Funeral services for Dick were held April 16, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Jones Mortuary in Mitchell with his grandson, Joey Orozco, presiding.
Interment was in the Mitchell City Cemetery.