Robert D. "Bob" Phillips, 67, of Curtis, died July 14, 2004, at his home.
He was born March 15, 1937, to Kenneth and Illma Wymore Phillips at Ben, Ore. He attended grade school south of Stockville and graduated from the University of Nebraska Agricultural School in 1955, after which, he joined the Army.
He married Shirley Magee April 28, 1956. Three children were born of this union, Matt, Wade and Susan. Following his discharge from the Army in 1957 he moved to Curtis where he lived and farmed for 47 years.
On May 22, 1977, he married Judy Harding Ellis and her three children Kirk, Mark and Kathy.
Mr. Phillips was past president of Farm Bureau Insurance, sat on the Frontier County Fair Board in Stockville and the Curtis Co-op Board. He also received the Nebraska Farmer of the Year Award. He was a member of the Methodist Church, the Nebraska Archeological Society and the Frontier County Historical Society. He worked at the sale barns in Curtis, North Platte, Lexington, McCook and Gothenburg.
Every year on May 22, you could find him camping, which is where he took his wife Judy on their honeymoon and every subsequent anniversary, much to her dismay. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, digging for Indian artifacts and history. He was quite the Indian historian and loved to talk about it to anyone who would listen. Mr. Phillips enjoyed a simple life.
Survivors include his wife, Judy of Curtis; sons, Matt (Jerri) Phillips of North Platte, Wade (Tami) Phillips of Lincoln, Kirk Ellis of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Mark (Lori) Ellis of Carlisle, Iowa; daughters, Susan (Jay) Hanson of Omaha and Kathy (Perry) Hartmann of Redwood Falls, Minn.; grandchildren, Shawn, Quinton, Breanna and Austin, Ryan and Natalie, Alex and Aaron, Jordann, Brooke, Meagan and Logan Ellis, Anlis, Alika and Keenan Hartmann; father, Kenneth Phillips of Cambridge; brothers, Preston (Shirley) Phillips of Cambridge, Duane (Barb) Phillips of Cambridge; brother-in-Law, Don (Annie) Harding of Cambridge; sister, Jeannette (Art) Peters of Alaska; sisters-in-Law, Anita Phillips of Valentine, Carolyn (Don) Sayer of Cambridge, Marilyn (Larry) Kubik of Cambridge; mother-in-Law, Ruth Harding of Cambridge; numerous nieces and nephews; and special life long friend, Godfrey Nielsen.
He was preceded in death by his mother Illma; his father-in-law, Lloyd Harding; and his brother Marvel "Mert" Phillips.
Funeral services will be Sunday, July 18, 2004, 2 p.m., at the Medicine Valley High School Gymnasium, Curtis, with the Rev. Kevin Burkhardt officiating. Graveside burial is in the Fairview Cemetery, Cambridge, at 3:45 p.m., with military rites provided by the American Legion Post No. 95 of Curtis.
Visitation is Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Blase-Wetzel Funeral Home in Curtis.
Memorials may be given to the Arrowhead Golf Course or Pheasant's Forever.
Blase-Wetzel Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.