Clifford D. Phillips

Clifford D. "Cliff" Phillips, age 81, of Midland, died Sunday, June 27, 2004, at his home in Midland.

Closed casket visitation will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Thursday.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 1, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland with Pastor Ann Schlossnagle officiating.

Music will be provided by Cynthia Finn, organist, and Barb Bowen, vocalist. Ushers will be Ralph “Shorty” Jones and Kirby Schofield. Pallbearers will be Danny and Tom Finn, Morris Jones, Jim Root, Kandus “Shorty” Woitte and Lowell King.

Interment with military honors will be in the Midland Cemetery.

Clifford D. "Cliff" Phillips was born December 1, 1922, at home in Barton County, MO, the son of Earl Glenn and Amanda (Ball) Phillips.

Cliff grew up and received his first eight years of education at Excelsior Rural School in Iantha, Missouri. He then attended Liberal High School in Liberal, Missouri, graduating in 1940.

In March 1943, Cliff entered the United States Army, participating in the Pacific Theatre and Okinawa. He was honorably discharged in March of 1946.

Cliff was united in marriage to Joy Moyer on March 27, 1947, in Crawford, Nebraska. The following day they moved to a ranch north of Midland. Cliff broke up some of the first farm ground north of Midland, in Stanley County. He farmed all his life in Midland, and also hauled cattle and grain before retiring in 1990. Cliff was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland. He spent 16 years on the Midland School Board, which provided him the opportunity to present diplomas to both of his children. He also spent four years on the Haakon County School Board, and served 20 years as a board of director for West Central Electric. He was a member of the Midland Volunteer Fire Department and a fifty-year member of the American Legion Post #143 of Midland.

Cliff will be missed by all the people he had the opportunity to meet.

Grateful for having shared his life include his wife, Joy, of Midland; one son, Gary Phillips and his wife, Gretchen, of Philip; one daughter, Debby Hieb and her husband, Stacey, of Centennial, CO; three grandchildren, Nicholas Nowlin Phillips of Erie, CO, Nathan Graham Phillips of Rapid City, and Amanda Margaret Hieb of Centennial, CO; one brother, Roger Phillips and his wife, Ionia, of Liberal, MO; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Cliff was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Andrew Phillips as a child, and Don Phillips.

The family requests memorials directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church of Midland and the Midland Ambulance Service.