JEFFERSON COUNTY IL 
OBITUARIES
MAJOR W.M. PHILLIPS OF MT.V. DIES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
(no date) about 1952 

Major William M. (Bill) Phillips, 47, a well known Mt. Vernon 
resident and former county highway superintendent here,
died from a heart attack Saturday afternoon in Washington, D. C. 
Major Phillips, of the U. S. Air Force, had been working for almost 
two years a the Pentagon. He became ill suddenly Saturday morning and 
was rushed to the Army Hospital in Washington, where his death occurred. 

The body will be brought to Mt. Vernon for funeral services and burial.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete. 

Major Phillips, as overseas veteran of World War II, was born 
April 9, 1905 in Mt. Vernon, the son of the late W. B. and
Nettie Phillips. His father served for years in the Illinois state 
legislature. 

Bill, as he was known by his many Mt. Vernon friends, was a graduate 
of Mt. Vernon High school and the University of Illinois. 

He served in the Air Force in Europe for three years during World War II. 

A civil engineer, he was for some time Jefferson county superintendent 
of highways, He resigned from that position to become a partner with 
Kenneth Setzekorn here in the engineering firm of Phillips and Setzekorn. 

Major Phillips, who was in the U. S. Air Force Reserve and headed the 
local Reserve group, was called to active service in 1950. 

He served two years in Japan before being assigned to duty at the 
Pentagon in the nation's capital. 

Major Phillips was marred in 1937 to Helen Gavin of Grafton, Ill. 

Besides his wife, he is survived by four sisters; Mrs. Howard Larson 
of Elmhurst, Ill., Mrs. Ted Adams of Denver, Colo.,Mrs., W. O. Wallace 
of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Arthur Warren of Mt. Vernon. 

He was a member of the American Legion and the Elks Lodge here. 

Submitted by David Herron 
1st cousin twice removed of W. M. Phillips

 
 
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