Raymond K. Phillips, of Blue Springs, MO, passed away February 12, 2017 at the age of 85. Born February 18, 1931 in Kansas City, MO, he was the son of the late John E. and Mary “Dorothy” (Edison) Phillips. Ray graduated from William Chrisman High School in 1948 and attended the University of Missouri where he played football.
Ray was a veteran of the United States Army, where he served during the Korean Conflict. He was a dedicated employee for Southwestern Bell and AT&T and retired in 1987 following 38 years as a special service technician.
He married Mary Sue Diesko on July 17, 1971 in Sugar Creek, MO. Living all his adult life in the Kansas City area, Raymond involved himself in area sports in many facets. He coached many youth sports teams, was a long time Chiefs fan and loved all things Mizzou. Raymond and Mary Sue spent countless hours helping the Mizzou Alumni Chapter of Kansas City raise money for student scholarships and the Tiger Scholarship Fund. He was recognized multiple times by both the University of Missouri Alumni Association and Athletic Department for over 30 years of support and fundraising for Mizzou.
He was also a devout catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a founding member of Council 6506, served as a District Deputy for the state of Missouri and was a member of 4th Degree Father Bernard J. Donnelly Assembly 566.
In addition to Mary Sue, survivors include their son, Thomas Phillips and wife, Jennifer of Lee’s Summit, MO; a brother, Jim Phillips and his wife, Ruth of Lee’s Summit, MO; two grandchildren, Ella and Abby Phillips; and his beloved dog, Max.
A con-celebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2017 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Independence, Mo, with Rev. James Taranto as principal celebrant. A committal service with military honors will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Independence. The Rosary will be prayed at 9:00 a.m. followed by visitation until 11:00 a.m. Friday, prior to the Mass.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Tiger Scholarship Fund at the University of Missouri Athletic Department and may be left in care of the Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. Memories of Ray and condolences may be left online at meyersfuneralchapel.com.