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Dave “Shorty” Phillips, 74, of Prineville, a former Baker City resident, died April 29, 2005, at St. Charles Medical Center at Bend.
At his request, there will be no public service.
Shorty was born on Oct. 10, 1930, to William George and Margarette Akin Phillips at Emmett, Idaho. The family moved to Kinzu when he was 16 where he worked in the mill.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served four years. After his discharge, he moved to Prineville in 1952. He married Colettia Joreg on May 2, 1953, at Goldendale, Wash. She died on Prineville on May 2, 1973.
He later married Ila Stephenson on May 6, 1976, at Reno, Nev. She died on Nov. 19, 2004, at Prineville.
He worked for Hudspeth Mill as a saw filer. He then worked for Crown-Louisiana Pacific and then for Ellingson Lumber Co. until his retirement in 1993.
Shorty lived in Baker City from 1987 to 1997, and then moved back to Prineville. He loved woodworking and the great outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was a life member of the American Legion, Post 29.
Survivors include his daughter, Becky Stewart of Prineville; a daughter, Barbara Phillips of Denver; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Amy Phillips of Spokane, Wash.; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Ernie Slavey of Prineville; stepson and daughter-in-law, Jesse and Kathy Fuller of Prineville; his brothers, Merle and Frank Phillips, both of Bend; sister, Juanita Beard of Prineville; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Prineville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, May 9, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor