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Richard "Dick" Phillips
Richard Davis “Dick” Phillips, age 72, of Nixa, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2022. He was born October 29, 1949 in Springfield, the son of Richard and Henrietta Phillips. Dick was a graduate of Clever High School and Drury University.
From 1967 until retirement in 2007 Dick served in the Army National Guard. He was a helicopter mechanic, pilot, and instructor. While on active duty he was stationed in Iraq. Dick was a Springfield Policeman from 1975 until 1985. In 1985 he became an EMS helicopter pilot. He was also a navigation instructor working with Air Evac.
In 1983 he married Paulette. She survives as well as a son, Brett Phillips and wife Liz of Portland, Oregon; Brett’s children, Bella and Gabi; and a stepson, Ryan Edwards.
Visitation will be from 3:00 – 5:00 PM Thursday, September 15, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Dick will be honored with a military graveside funeral 11:00 AM Friday, September 16, at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield. Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.
RIP Dick. A wonderful neighbor and friend.
Don & Suzi Earl Sep 19 2022 9:50 AM
A good friend and classmate. rest in peace.
Danny Little Sep 19 2022 7:39 AM
You always knew you were in good hands with Dick on the controls. He instilled confidence and respect of all his crews and maintenance personnel.
Zeke Whitley Sep 16 2022 7:48 AM
Dick You were and the greatest friend I could have ever envisioned having.
I will always remember you in my heart and thoughts.
Gary Frazier Sep 15 2022 3:58 PM
We miss you already, buddy.
Nina and Bryan Gault Sep 14 2022 10:09 PM
Dick, you were one of the best. You always had that great smile and great sense of humor. It was a privilege and a honor to fly with you and share so many great times together. Thank you for all you did and the really great guy that you were. God bless you.
Greg McManus Sep 14 2022 5:11 PM
I’m so sorry to hear this. You are in our prayers. Cathy Little Burgos and Amanda Ernst
Cathy Burgos Sep 14 2022 12:56 PM
Dick Phillips was a true mentor and friend. Saddened by his passing, we can smile as we reminisce over all the good times shared with him.
Bill Warren Sep 14 2022 12:05 PM
Dick was a good friend and a great Helicopter Pilot.
Ron Clifton Sep 14 2022 9:30 AM
My prayers and condolences, he was one of my favorite pilots
Landes Robert Sep 14 2022 8:44 AM