THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Stephen D. Phillips
Issue Date: November 21, 2019
Stephen D. Phillips, 70, of Homestead, passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 at his home.
Born April 9, 1949, in Detroit, Mi., to the late Jack and Millie (Daley) Phillips, he graduated from Appleton West High School in 1967 and served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. On Aug. 24, 1975, he married Patrice "Patti" Westfall in Marshfield and they resided in Kingsford, Mi. before moving to the countryside in Homestead.
Everyone knew how much he loved everything to do with airplanes, whether building or flying them. His high school graduation gift was flight training and he later graduated from the Spartan School of Aeronautics where he became a licensed airplane mechanic. He was a founding member and longest flying pilot of Northwoods Air Lifeline. He loved going to the EAA Oshkosh airshows and was also a member of EAA Chapter 439 where he gave smiling kids rides during the Young Eagle days.
Known for his large heart, he smiled, laughed, loved the company of others and enjoyed hunting, fishing, talking, driving cars and visiting and having fun with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patti Phillips, Homestead; two sons, Christopher Phillips, Finland and Nicholas (Jessica) Phillips, Liberty, Mo.; five special grandchildren whom he cherished; a brother-in-law, Greg (Karen) Westfall, Plymouth, Mi.; a sister-in-law, Deborah Johnson, S.C.; a special cousin, Marilyn (Tim) Staehle, Northern Washington and close friends who were like brothers, Daryl (Samia) Staehle, Northern Washington, Tom (Beth) Sullivan, Iron Mountain, Mi., Clyde (Dianne) Olive, Florence and Mike (Christine) Donnick, Lakewood, along with many others.
Visitation was held at Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 2 p.m. until time of funeral services at 4 p.m., with Pastor Larry Neargarth officiating. Military graveside services will be accorded in Spring. Memorials can be made to Northwoods Air Lifeline in his memory. Condolences can be made at www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com Jacobs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Iron Mountain assisted the family.