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1811 NE 16th Ave #A
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-675-3447
Fax: 360-682-2359
Richard Phillips

Richard Warren "Rick" Phillips

Thursday, January 11th, 1951 - Thursday, July 18th, 2019
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Rick passed away peacefully, July 18, 2019, at his home in Oak Harbor, WA surrounded by family. He passed after a courageous battle with renal cancer. Rick was the son of Walter and Dorothy (Miller) Phillips of Owosso, MI.

Rick joined the US Navy on June 21, 1971 two years after graduating from St. Paul Seminary in Saginaw, MI and a short stent at the University of Detroit. After basic training at Great Lakes, IL, he attended aviation electronics technician class (A) technical training at Millington, TN and fleet replacement training with VA-42. He went on to report to VA-85 in Oceana, VA. Following a successful sea tour, he received advanced technical training back at Millington before reporting for shore duty as an instructor at NAMTRADET, Whidbey Island, WA in October 1976.

Rick spent more than his fair share of time at sea aboard the carriers USS Forestal, USS Kitty Hawk, USS Nimitz, USS Constellation, USS George Washington and USS America. His subsequent assignments at Whidbey included VA-165, VAQ-134, VAQ-140, two tours with VAQ-137, two tours with NAMTRADET and two tours at AIMD. He wrapped up his career as the maintenance master chief of AIMD and had the distinction of calling Whidbey home for 25 years of his successful and colorful 30-year Navy career.

Rick rose to highest enlisted rank in the US Navy in just 18 years, 6 years ahead of a normal career path. During his successful career he earned numerous awards and honors recognizing his dynamic leadership and unparalleled management skills.

After retirement from the Navy, Rick brought his leadership and management skills to Commercial Aircraft Interiors for 10 years before fully retiring in November 2014.

Rick is survived by his wife of 46 years, Christine (Hayhoe) Phillips; his mother Dorothy; children Keri (Doug) Naes, Viki Phillips and Paul Phillips; Granddaughters, Kimberly Naes and Kaelyn Phillips. He also leaves behind siblings Shari (Mike) Hill, Dave (Gloria Jean) Phillips, Debbie (Brian) Stoddard and Katy (Tim) Brown; Sister-in-law, Trish Phillips, along with an uncle, aunts, many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was proceeded in death by his father Walter, and brother Robert Phillips.
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    CPO Club
    Address
    1080 Ault Field Road
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Great Lakes National Cemetery
    Address
    4200 Belford Road
    HOLLY, MI 48442
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Richard Perkins

Posted at 10:27pm
Rick was one of my judges for my initiation when I made chief. Honored to have known him. RIP brother we have the watch.
Richard C. Perkins ATC(AW) Retired, Easley SC.

Michael Goodwin

Posted at 10:49pm
I had the honor of serving with "Chrome Dome" in VAQ-137. He was a great man and mentor to me. RIP Masterchief!!
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Gary Raster

Posted at 06:17pm
Served in VA-165 with Rick many moon ago. He was affectionately known as "Chrome Dome" back in the day. Although I haven't spoken to Rick in years, I am deeply touched by his passing and hope that any suffering was minimal. My thoughts go out to all dealing with this loss. Gary Raster AMCS(AW) USN Retired
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Teri Anania, NCCM(AW/SW), USN (Ret)

Posted at 03:10pm
Our deepest condolences - Rick was an awesome leader and mentor to many.
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Mike Delaney

Posted at 02:43pm
I never had the opportunity to serve in the same command with Rick, but his influence was captured through friendship and his involvement base-wide with the Sailors. My favorite memory of Rick was his role, for 18 years, as the main figurehead (respectfully known as the Judge) for Chief Petty Officer activities (more amply known as Initiation) to transition selectees into the Chief Petty Officer community. Maybe it's me, but I swear it was always standing room only when Rick was presiding. His presence and deep, booming voice got everyone's attention. When Rick spoke, even E.F. Hutton listened.
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