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James Franklin Phillips Sr.

January 10, 1925 - October 13, 2013-


Young James Phillips Sr.Former Madras resident James Franklin Phillips Sr. passed away Oct. 13, 2013, at the age of 88. 

He was born in Bridgeport, Neb., on Jan. 10, 1925, to Ora and Mildred (Smith) Phillips. 

He married Kathleen Marie Bradburn on Oct. 13, 1945, in Nampa, Idaho. 

Jim proudly served in the Navy during World War II. He was stationed in the Philippines on an LCI Gunboat 70 where he was severely injured during a kamikaze attack. He was subsequently discharged honorably and received a purple heart.

Jim had many jobs in his lifetime, including bookkeeping, cooking, farming, ranching and being a professional cowboy, which he stated was his favorite job. He retired from Gourmet Foods in Metolius, where he was an electrician.

He was a member of the Elks and VFW.  Jim loved hunting, fishing, bowling, music and dancing.  He was an avid card player and enjoyed hosting card parties at his home as well as playing at the Grange Hall and senior center, where he made many friends.  Jim’s favorite activities were centered around his family, where he enjoyed karaoke, telling jokes and old cowboy and war stories which were greatly enjoyed by all.

He is survived by his children Steve (and spouse Lori), Jim Jr. (Marie), Paul (Dianne), Matt (Wendy), and Tara Painter (Jan); and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and a legacy that will live on forever.

James Phillips Sr. in his later years.He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen,  on Jan. 13, 1998; and by all of his siblings, eight sisters and two brothers.

A funeral service will be held at Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 S.W. Sixth St. in Redmond, on Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. Graveside services with military honors will immediately follow at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to Veterans of America.  Please sign the online guestbook www.redmondmemorial.com.