John Worthington Phillips
October 12, 2013, 1:55 am by Staff Reports
John Worthington Phillips, 82, of Horseshoe Bay died Oct. 2.
He is preceded in death by: parents, Rachel Phillips (nee Crane); Wendell Phillips; stepmother, Martha Phillips; brother, Jerry Phillips and sister, Pat Turner.
Born Nov. 5, 1930, in Columbia, Mo., John served in the Navy on the Destroyer USS Preston as a sonar man during the Korean War. He later attended the University of MO. He married Rita Phillips in 1955 and they lived together in New Brighton, Minn. for 13 years where they raised daughters Laura Phillips and Lisa Phillips. John was remarried in 1980 to CoraLee (Cory) where he became stepfather to Cory’s daughter, Beth Leonard (Chanhassen). The three lived in Arden Hills
John had a long career with Deluxe Corporation where he last served as Vice President of Market Research. John retired in 1985. John was an avid golfer, took many road trips to see the country and the many friends he kept up with over the years. He was a skilled photographer and mastered the style of candid photography, documenting many wonderful casual moments in the lives of family and friends. He spent summers at his beloved lake home on Mound Lake, Minn. until it was sold this August. There he gardened, fished, entertained friends, and tinkered in his workshop. One of his many legacies to his children and grandchildren was his great love and respect for wildlife and all of nature.
He will be greatly missed.
John is survived by wife Cory; daughters: Laura Phillips with son-in-law Jeff Lanning (Stillwater, MN); Lisa Phillips (Indianapolis, IN); Beth Leonard with son-in-law Steve Leonard (Chanhassen); grand children: Rachel Kelly; Blakely Worthington Phillips-Powell; former wife, Rita Phillips (Minnetonka); cat: Daisy May.
Services will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to your favorite charity.
Condolences may be offered at www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home of Marble Falls, Texas.
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