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obituaries for Aug. 21, 2014

William “Bill” Edward Phillips

Nov. 24, 1945 to Aug. 12, 2014

On Aug. 12, 2014, William “Bill” Edward Phillips, of Ione, lost his battle with cancer at his home surrounded by family at the age of 68.

Bill was born Nov. 24, 1945 in Oakland, California and was the son of the late William and Lorraine Phillips. Bill grew up in the Bay Area where he was an Eagle Scout. He proudly served in the Navy and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. After the war he returned to California, where he lived most of his life and re-married the love of his life, Sharon. Bill brought four daughters and Sharon brought one daughter to the union and together they had one more daughter.

They made their home in Susanville where Bill was an active member of the community volunteering to coach Little League and frequently donated his time to local causes for the benefit of the youth. He enjoyed camping and fishing in the mountains and lakes around Susanville, with a favorite spot being McArthur Burney Falls State Park.

Bill was a steadfast Oakland Raiders fan whose favorite quote was, “There’s always next year.” His love of the Raiders began when he attended the very first home stadium game in Oakland on Sept. 18, 1966.

In 2012, Bill and Sharon moved to Ione to be closer to their youngest daughter after his retirement from Frontier Communications. Bill worked for Frontier for 33 years, also known as Citizen’s Utilities, in Susanville, Elk Grove and then promoted to manager and moved to Winston, Oregon.

Bill will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife, Sharon Phillips, of 40 years and his six daughters and their families: Sharon Reilly, of Arizona, Danielle Skultety and her husband, Richard, of Washington, Cindy McCartney and her husband, Vernon, of California, Nicole Melton, of Virginia, Julie Kirkman and her husband, Ryan, of California, and Tanith Mills and her fiancé, Christopher Davis, of Florida; and 18 grandchildren. Bill is survived by siblings, Jerilyn Stark, of California, Jacque Thomas and her husband, Clyde, of Oregon, Randall Phillips and his fiancé, Nanci DeMarco, of California, Darryl Phillips and his wife, Carla, of California, and former sister-in-law, Carol Phillips, of California.

There are two Celebrations of Life to remember the life of Bill Phillips, our husband, father, brother, father-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, grandfather and friend. The first celebration will be held in Elk Grove, California at the home of Bev Teames, a friend who was a fellow employee of Frontier Communications, and primarily served the many people he worked with and friends from the Elk Grove, Susanville and Oregon areas. This event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. The address for the event is 8716 Thetford Court, Elk Grove, CA 95624. Call (916) 685-6775 for more information. Please come prepared to share your happy memories of Bill.

The second celebration will be held in Pleasanton at Bill’s niece, Donna Garrison’s house, and will accommodate the family and many friends from the Bay Area. This event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20. The address is 2323 E. Ruby Hill Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94566. Since this is a gated community, please let us know if you plan on attending so we can put your name on the guest list for admittance at the gate. Email Sharon to RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please come prepared to share your happy memories of Bill.

Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, are preferred either to your local American Cancer Society or Hospice of Amador and Calaveras, 1500 S. Highway 49, Suite 205, Jackson, CA 95642, hospiceofamador.org.

            Sharon and the girls would like to thank the many friends and family who took the time to visit Bill during his final weeks. We would also like to thank Bev Teames for hosting the Celebration of Life. We would like to extend a big thanks to Hospice of Amador and Calaveras who made Bill’s final weeks as pain-free and comfortable as possible.


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