Emmitt (Boots) William Phillips, 76, of Georgetown, TX, peacefully entered into eternal rest at home on Monday, October 18, 2010, with his wife Bunny and daughter Maureen at his side, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
A memorial service of thanksgiving and celebration of Emmitt’s life, and his faith in Our Lord and Savior, will be held on Saturday, November 20, at 11 a.m., at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 95 Kings Highway, Warwick, NY. There will be a private interment at the Orrin Pierson family cemetery alongside his daughter, Christine in Middletown, NY.
Emmitt was born April 8, 1934 in Sioux City, IA, to Emmitt William Phillips Sr. and Lorna Elisabeth Lachmiller Phillips. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Christine Lorgan and his sister, Darlene West.
Emmitt grew up in Iowa, attended Morningside College in Sioux City, IA, Mankato State College in MN, and graduated from Iowa State University.
Emmitt was in the Naval reserves before he served in the U.S. Army. Emmitt worked as a physicist for both the Atomic Energy Commission and Dow Chemical. Upon retirement with Dow, he worked as a sales consultant for several water treatment companies. His last job brought him to Texas where he worked for Enviroquip.
Emmitt and Bunny were married in Newfield, CT, on July 5, 1986. They shared a passion for antiques and collectables. In 2006 they rescued an abandoned Grange building (circa 1885) in upstate New York where he put his knowledge of construction, his energy, and his talents to work again (as he had done with many of the older homes he and Bunny lived in). He restored the luster to this historic building and he and his wife opened for business and continued to share their expertise with fellow enthusiasts and collectors. He was an avid golfer, fisherman, hunter and gardener.
Survivors include his wife, Bunny Phillips; his daughters: Maureen Kohler (John) of Warwick, NY, Debra Phillips and Steve Young of Warwick, NY, Barbara Torres (Rudy) of Redwood City, CA, and Jacqueline Pierson and (Orrin) of Middletown; his step-children: David Scharf of Sparkill, NY, Trish Becker (Gary) of Fulton, NY, and John Scharf and Patty DiRubbo of LaGrangeville, NY; and the mother of his children, Carol Stidworthy of Warwick, NY. Also surviving Emmitt are his brothers, Robert Phillips (Pat) of Mission Viejo, CA; and Mark Phillips of San Francisco, CA; his sister, Lori Dean of San Clemente, CA; 19 grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild; along with many other family members and friends that stretch from coast to coast.
Emmitt was blessed in his life with family and friends. The family is especially thankful for the prayers that were offered during his illness.
Memorial gifts in Emmitt’s honor may be made Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 95 Kings Highway, Warwick, NY 10990.