Melvin A. Phillips

Melvin A. Phillips

Melvin A. Phillips, 89, of Hermiston died on Thursday Oct. 10, 2013, at his home in Hermiston. He was born in Nelson, Oklahoma, on October 21, 1923, to parents Richard and Evalee Phillips. Mel was a veteran of WW II, serving in the U.S. Army.

He had worked for the experiment stations both in Milton-Freewater and Hermiston for 23 years.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting and spending time with family.

Mel was preceded in death by his first wife, Gerldine Kenney, they had been married 35 years; son Glenn Phillips; parents Richard and Evalee Phillips; and seven brothers and sisters: Hollis, Viola, Ester, Floyd, Earl, Loyd and Leo.

Mel is survived by his wife, Yvonne Phillips of Hermiston; three sons, Arlin Phillips and Clint Phillips both of Hermiston, and Hal Phillips of Athena, Ore.; brother Charles Phillips of Walla Walla, Wash.; two sisters, Jessie Smalley and Bonnie Hensen, both of Caldwell, Idaho.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Memorial service and military honors will be held on Friday, Oct. 18th, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hermiston Assembly of God Church, 730 E. Hurlburt Ave., Hermiston.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.

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