In Memory

Les Phillips - Class Of 1963

From: Pete Martin

u may have already heard, Leslie Phillips, Class of '63
just passed on on December 21, 2009 at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.


Leslie Phillips

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Juneau resident Leslie Charles Phillips, 64, died peacefully Dec. 21, 2009, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Tlingt Haida Community Center in Juneau.

Les was born May 13, 1945, in Petersburg to Frances Betts and David Phillips. He attended grade school and high school in Petersburg.

After graduating from Petersburg High School in 1963, Les and older brother Bill Phillips went on to RCA electronics school in Los Angeles and then Les went to New York City for more training. Les was recruited by Xerox as a repair technican in 1964.

Les and his high school sweetheart, Mildred Skeek, were married on Nov. 26, 1965, in Berkeley, Calif. Les and Millie spent their first few years in San Francisco and later returned to Alaska, where their daughters Yvonne and Davida were born. Les remained in Juneau and later retired from Xerox after 35 years.

His family wrote: "Some of Les' greatest joys were his grandchildren, Kenndra, Joash, and Rain. He also spent many hours fishing and hunting with his brothers and nephews. Les also enjoyed reading, playing poker, and spending time with best friend Jack Marshall. Whenever you saw Les, Jack wasn't far behind; you would see the two at Fred Meyer's, out delivering the Capital City Weekly, and fishing off the dock at DIPAC."

Les was preceded in death by his father, David Phillips; mother, Frances Cropley; and brothers, David and Daniel Phillips.

He is survived by his daughter, Yvonne Phillips and partner Christen Reinke of Loveland, Colo.; daughter, Davida Phillips; granddaughter, Kenndra Phillips and fiance, Derek Nelson; grandson, Joash Austin; and granddaughter, Rain Knott, all of Anchorage; and soon-to-be great-grandson, Cha'ak Keet Nelson; siblings, Sally Phillips of Juneau; Bill Phillips of Petersburg; Vera Moeller and partner Leroy Ellis of Portland, Ore.; Kathy Honea and husband Art of Juneau; Jesy Phillips of Juneau; Barbara Johnson of Yakutat; Loraine "Tiny" Phillips of Anchorage; Annabel "Dolly" Peterson of Richmond Beach, Wash.; Hank Phillips and wife Jan of Anchorage; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.