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Rodney L. Phillips

Died: Mon., Nov. 10, 2014


Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sat., May 30, 2015
Location: Missoula Church of Christ


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Rodney L. Phillips passed away Monday, November 10, 2014 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He was born September 11, 1929 in Goldstone, MT, the son of the late Robert L. Phillips and Josephine (Saueressig) Phillips. Rodney was raised in Goldstone until his father’s death. He helped on the family farm until a fire destroyed the home. The family moved to Havre where he attended high school and works for Eddies Bakery to help support the family. He was employed there until the end of WWII. He then worked for the Montana Department of Roads in highway engineering, on projects around central and northern Montana. He was employed out of Helena at the time of his marriage to Laura Lee (McLaughlin) Phillips which also included three children. He retired in 1985 after 34 years of work for the State Department of Roads. In 1990 he and his wife retired to a small ranch at Fairfield. There he built a large log home and saw to the continued function of the ranch, and continued to reside there until 2012 when health issues arose and it was decided to be nearer family. Rodney was always eager to keep active and productive. He was a man of many skills demonstrated by remodeling the first home in Great Falls including building a large garage, finishing rooms, making a fiberglass shower stall, collected picture rock and constructed a fireplace, made oak furniture including making stained glass for some of the projects. He built the family a summer log cabin at Holter Lake. He was a Past Master of Euclid Lodge #58 in Great Falls. He was a board member of the church they attended in Fairfield and did some remodeling of the sanctuary there as well as some maintenance work there. Rodney had a love for the outdoors, from the prairies to the mountains and enjoyed them horseback riding, huinting and fishing. Pike fishing summer and winter was especially dear to him. Rodney is survived by his wife, Laura Lee of Florence; 2 daughters, Deborah Russell of Aurora, CO and Linda (Robert) Johnston of Florence; 8 grandsons, 4 granddaughters and 9 great-grandchildren. His son David preceded him in death in 2006. Rodney was also preceded in death by his brothers, Robert of Conrad, Howard of Kalispell and Gene of Emmet, ID and his sisters, Eleanor Lambing of Phoenix, AZ and Betty Kuntz of Lakeside, MT. Rodney's desire was to be cremated. A memorial celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at the Missoula Church of Christ, 1528 S. Higgins Avenue and requests that memorials be made to the Masonic Home in Helena, to the Montana Heart Association or to your favorite charity.

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Tom & Charlene Hammerbacker
   Posted Fri December 12, 2014
We just learned of Rods passing yesterday. We always thought of him as a good friend. Please know you have our deepest sympathies.

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