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James Richard Phillips

May 18, 1946 May 1, 2018
James Richard Phillips
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Obituary for James Richard Phillips

James R. Phillips, 71, of Iowa City, passed away at home, Tuesday, May 1, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 PM, Saturday, May 5, 2018 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Iowa City. Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM Friday, May 4, 2018 at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City with a vigil service at 7 PM. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Iowa City with Military Rights provided by the Coralville American Legion, assisted by other local military organizations. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iowa City Hospice or The University of Iowa Foundation; Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Jim was born on May 18, 1946 in Clinton, IA the youngest of ten children to Joseph and Janet (Penney) Phillips. He lived in Maquoketa, IA and graduated High School in 1964. Jim graduated with a B.S. in 1969 from the University of Iowa and was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War, receiving a purple heart, air medal and army commendation medal. He was assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment, Company K, attached to the 4th Infantry Division. Jim returned to The University of Iowa and received his M.S. of Electrical Engineering. While obtaining his master’s degree he started working for The University of Iowa Department of Physics and Astronomy and stayed there for almost 50 years. Jim was united in marriage to Janis Fields at St. Wenceslaus Church in Cedar Rapids on June 29, 1974. After retirement he returned “part-time” and worked as much as his health allowed; he loved his job, and the people he worked with made his area accessible to him, so he could work as long as possible. Jim worked on the Iowa Foil printer with Dan Wenman and Virginia Myers, he also enjoyed working on electric vehicles. He sang with The University of Iowa hospital volunteer group “The Heartbeats”. Jim also ushered, sang in the choir, and played guitar at church. He was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and American Legion

Jim is survived by his wife, Janis Phillips; two sons, Mark (Angela) Phillips of Iowa City and Ryan Phillips of Cedar Rapids; two step-grandchildren, Arys and Dell Brackett; siblings, Dorothy (Elmer) Hasenmiller of Grand Mound, Paul (Janie) Phillips of Succasunna, NJ, Pauline (Duane) Prew of Shoreview, MN and Pat (Glen) Hotchkiss of Bettendorf, IA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Beverly (Gary) Montague of Cedar Rapids and Dewayne (Debbie) Fields of Marion.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Mary Helen (Everett) Clark, Robert Phillips, Lois (Jim) Ales, Jackie Phillips, and Janet Wahl; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arnold and Marie Fields; brother-in-law, Tom Fields.

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4:00 PM 5/4/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/4/2018 7:00:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

with a vigil service at 7:00 PM

Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City
605 Kirkwood Avenue Iowa City 52240 IA
United States





12:00 PM 5/5/2018 12:00:00 PM
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church

630 East Davenport Street
Iowa City, IA 52245

St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church
630 East Davenport Street Iowa City 52245 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Joseph's Cemetery Final Resting Place

1122 N. Dodge Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52245

1122 N. Dodge Street Iowa City 52245 Iowa
United States

Memorial Contribution

Iowa City Hospice

1025 Wade Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

University of Iowa Foundation -- Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

P.O. Box 4550
Iowa City, IA 52244-4550

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