Lee R. Phillips, 94. 240 N. Hampton St., Lock Haven, PA died April 7, 2020 at The Gatehouse Hospice, Williamsport,. PA. Born April 3, 1926 In Howard, PA he was the son of the late Cleon N and Lillian Zeigler Phillips. On December 7, 1948 In Mill Hall he married the former Madeleine D. Uebel who died April 6, 2004.
Lee was a 1944 graduate of the Lock Haven High School . He served in the U. S. Army and was a T/5 having served in Co A, 787th Tank Bn. For his service he received the Good Conduct Medal, The W W II Victory Medal and the AME Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star Lee missed his high school graduation by 12 days but did receive his diploma. After he received his draft notice he decided that he wanted to choose his own branch of service . He wanted to join the Air Corps but was told they were full when he got to the Induction Center. So Lee joined the Army and was trained for the tank corps. When his training was complete he sailed to Europe in October 1944. When he arrived in Europe he was assigned to the 787th Tank Bn a part of the 3rd Army headed by Gen. George Patton. Lee and his company did mop up duty after the Battle of The Bulge and traveled through France and Germany and in May 1945 arrived in Austria where they learned that Germany had surrendered. He was eventually discharged on Dec. 27, 1945.
Lee worked at Casselbury Motor Co. and later purchased Kline and Co. an auto parts and equipment company. He was a member of Masonic Lodge # 199, F & AM, Lock Haven Williamsport Consistory, Jaffa Shrine, the Clinton Co. Shrine Club and the Kiwanis Club of Lock Haven where he was the long time chairman of the Inter Club Committee. He was a member of the West Branch Hunting Club where he had served as resident, , the Williamsport Racqet Club and a long time board member of the Clinton Co. United Way. Lee enjoyed hunting, tennis and walking.
Lee is survived by 4 nieces,
Margaret Ann Royer Matter, Dana Lee Phillips Yocum, Patricia Phillips Jackson and Karen Muther Masi
3 nephews: John D. Phillips, Wayne Muthler and Larry Muthler
1 Brother-in Law: James Muthler
***Predeceased by: 2 Sisters: Arlena Brickley and Violet Muthler
2 Brothers: Gershon Royer and Max Z. Phillips
1 Nephew : John Royer
At Lee’s request there will be no services
Lee’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of the 2nd floor, UPMC Lock Haven Hospital for their and care and compassion of Lee and to the Gatehouse Hospice at Divine Hospital for their comfort and support.
Lee was passionate about groups, organizations, and causes during his lifetime. If you so choose to make a gift in his memory please choose a group or organization you are passionate about.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Dean K. Wetzler, Jr. Funeral Home, 320 Main St., Mill Hall, PA 17751
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