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Obituary: Thomas Everett Phillips, Columbus

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Thomas Everett Phillips passed October 2, 2013, at the age of 92, with his family at his side. Tom was born September 3, 1921, to parents Everett Guyon Phillips and Opal Jane Atkinson Phillips, who ran a large farm in the Plainfield area. After graduating from Plainfield High School in 1939, he served in the U.S. Air Force and then graduated from Concordia (Fort Wayne) majoring in Radio and Television. He married Betty Trost in 1945 and she succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease in 1997.

Tom was an avid water skier and enjoyed living at Grandview Lake in Columbus and in Tampa, Florida, for many years. He also enjoyed square dancing and danced throughout the United States. He worked as an electrical engineer at Dupont, Magnavox, Arvin's, Crosley and retired from Raytheon in 1986.

Tom and Betty's four daughters survive: Cheryl Tipple (Don) of Cleveland, Tennessee; Vicki Smith (Wendell) of Columbus, Indiana; Jeanette Rodgers (Steve) of Visalia, California; and Mary Phillips of Window Rock, Arizona.

Tom married Barbara Colyer Shepherd in 1998 and his stepchildren, Denise Speer (Bruce) of Whiteland, Indiana, and Jim Shepherd (Melinda) of Seymour, Indiana, survive. Also surviving are his sisters, Lois Hoffman, Betty Kudla, and Margaret Corya, all of Mooresville, Indiana. He will also be missed by 13 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, George, Jim, Joe, Robert and Harry.

A private Celebration of Life will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Arrangements were made by Hathaway-Myers Chapel on Pearl Street.

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