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Obituary: Fred Edward Phillips

Fred Edward Phillips died peacefully at his home on Dec. 30, 2022 in Williams, Arizona at the age of 86. He is survived by his brother David Phillips, as well as three sisters’ in-law, and a brother-in-law. In addition he is survived by one niece, three nephews, seven great-nephews, and three great-nieces. Fred is preceded in death by his wife Edith Phillips, brother Don Phillips, a nephew, his mother Celia Phillips, and father Paul Phillips.

Fred was born on Dec. 8, 1936 in Warsaw, Indiana to Paul and Celia Phillips. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1961 with a degree in wildlife management. This is also where he met Edie and they began their lifelong journey together. They were married on June 17, 1961 and remained so until Edie’s death in 2015. He was then drafted into the Army and served in Georgia.

After the couple settled in Williams, Arizona he began his long career in game management. Fred worked for Arizona Game and Fish for 35 years, retiring in 1997. Along the way, he became known as an expert turkey biologist. Fred was a passionate hunter, fisherman, conservationist, and wildlife expert. The only other place Fred would have rather been than the woods with his gun, a lake or river with a fly rod, or in his recliner, was the golf course.

Fred was a unique fixture in the Williams community for most of his adult life. His support of local causes and and his commitment to wildlife in the area will be hard to duplicate. Fred and Edie's 50th wedding anniversary celebration, held at the Western View Steakhouse in 2011, he would most certainly call his crowning achievement.

The family would like to thank all those who encouraged, cared, and supported Fred over the years especially since Edie’s passing. In particular, Stephen Truxal, who lived with Fred and wore many hats including caregiver, companion, golf partner, and friend. In lieu of flowers or other donations, please consider donating to the junior golf program at Elephant Rocks Golf Course on Fred’s behalf.

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