Walter Morgan Phillips

Monday, May 19, 2003

CAMBRIDGE -- Walter Morgan Phillips, 82, died Saturday (May 17, 2003) at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

He was born Aug. 2, 1920, at the family home on the Medicine Creek in Frontier County, to William and Isabel (Morgan) Phillips. He attended District 15 school in Frontier County and graduated from the Nebraska School of Agriculture at Curtis in 1938.

On July 16, 1941, he married Alta Pauline Teter. They farmed north of Cambridge until he was drafted into the Navy in 1944. He served in the Pacific aboard the USS Clamp until the war ended, then returned to Cambridge and worked for the Bureau of Reclamation building the Medicine Creek Dam. He worked for the Bureau for 25 years designing and constructing irrigation and water conservation projects moving first to Ellis, Kan., and Superior and then in 1956 to Austin, Texas , where he retired in 1971. The couple then went into business in Dallas, Texas, selling women's fashions for about 10 years before retiring again. He also worked as a bank security guard. They returned to Cambridge in 1990.

He was a 60-year Mason, Secretary of Lodge No. 228 in Bartley, a member of Hill City Lodge No. 456 in Austin, a 50-year member and treasurer of Dorcas Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and a 52-year member of the York Rite Bodies in McCook.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline; daughter, Margaret and husband, Phil Chesley of Cambridge; son, Steven Phillips and wife, Carol of St. Paul, Minn.; sister, Lulu May Carney of LaGrange, Ind.; brother, Earl Phillips of Longmont, Colo.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, 2 p.m., at the United Methodist Church in Cambridge with the Rev. Art Phillips and Roy Hart officiating. Burial will be in the Bartley Cemetery with military committal by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post of Bartley.

Memorials may be given in his name.

Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.