Ross J. Phillips, 81, a life long resident of Royal Oak, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, at his home. He was born July 31, 1926, in Royal Oak to William J. and Ila Phillips. Mr. Phillips served in the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II. He was a journeyman tool and die maker and a long time member of the First United Methodist Church, Royal Oak. He was an advocate for gun safety, a member of the National Rifle Association, the NSSA, American Legion Post 4, Mt. Clemens, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Surviving are his wife, Joe Ann, whom he married June 8, 1996, in Royal Oak; children, Michael Phillips of Southfield and Patricia (Vermal) Daily of Biddeford, Maine; stepsons, Keith (Shelley) Unternahrer of Royal Oak and Kevin (Rebecca) Unternahrer of Hazel Park; siblings, Jon (Shirley) Phillips of Harbor Springs and Faye (Jack) Crook of Harrison Township; grandson, Kevin, and stepgrandchildren, Danielle, Aubrey, Zacharey, Micah, Noah and Joshua. Mr. Phillips was predeceased by his first wife, Ilene, in 1995. Visitation, 29 p.m. Wednesday at KinseyGarrett Funeral Home, 420 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak; service, 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Marshall G. Dunlap of the First United Methodist Church, Royal Oak, officiating; burial with U.S. Navy honors at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy; memorials
Published in The Daily Tribune on Nov. 13, 2007.
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