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LTC (Ret) James Wiley Phillips

Wiley Phillips, 84, died on March 8, 2016, surrounded by family and friends at the Colorado State Veteran’s Community Living Center in Rifle, CO. Born on September 27, 1931, in Dallas, TX; his parents were Richard Hoyt & Grace (Wiley) Phillips.

Wiley graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas, TX, and Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, with a BA degree in Business Economics. After graduation he married Martha Jean (Wallace) of Dallas, TX on July 19, 1952, and they shared 58 years of marriage until her passing in 2010.

He was a Commissioned Army Officer rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with 20 years of service in the US Army. He served his Country with (2) tours in Vietnam and (1) in Korea, and various military assignments to include: Fort Benning, GA, Fort Ord, CA, Schofield Barracks, HI, Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, GA, the Army Language School in Presidio Monterey, CA, the Army Command & General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KA, and as an Infantry Advisor to the Army of El Salvador as a three-year assignment in Central America. Upon retirement from the Armed Forces, he worked for Atlantic-Richfield Oil & Gas in Dallas, TX, for many years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard, and loving wife Martha. He is survived by daughters Jean-Marie (Doug) Button of Steamboat Springs, CO, Linda (Roland) McGinnis of Knoxville, TN; grandchildren; Kate (Grayson) Lewis & Wiley Button of Rifle, CO; Bryan (Morgan) Bjerke of Allen, TX; Christopher Bjerke of Lahaina, HI; Josh (Allison) McGinnis of Corryton, TN; great-grandchildren Kaylee, Aaron, Noah, and Parker; and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He will be laid to rest at the Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery at 11am on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, family request donations to a veteran’s organization of your choice.


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