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Henry Lloyd Phillips

January 21, 1924 - May 12, 2015

PHILLIPS, Henry “Llyod” (age 91) - Henry “Lloyd” Phillips, age 91, died at home in the Spokane Valley on May 12th, after a short illness. He was privileged to die in the same home he grew up in. - Lloyd was born January 21, 1924, at Spokane's Deaconess Hospital, to Henry and Elizabeth Phillips. Lloyd' older brother Ifor died in 1927. Lloyd grew up on the family farm in the Valley, near Chester. He graduated from West Valley High School in 1941. He then worked in various jobs and helped on the farm while also attending a local business college. - In 1943, he volunteered for the U.S. Army. He proudly served as a cannoneer, then gunner, in the 574th Anti-Aircraft Battalion. The 574th fought under General Patton during the crossing of the Rhine River in March, 1945, and then was involved in the heavy fighting to reduce the Ruhr Pocket in April, 1945. Lloyd was wounded during the Ruhr fighting. Due to a mix-up, he didn't receive his Purple Heart until April, 2014, when it was awarded in a ceremony at his home. - After the war, Lloyd returned to his business studies, then after graduation, he began working in the Accounting Department at Brown Trailers. In 1951, when his mother could no longer manage the family farm, Lloyd decided to return to farming. He planned to dairy for 1-2 years, to raise money for wheat farming, but wound up dairying until 1973. After selling the dairy, Lloyd turned to raising cattle and wheat farming. He had a retirement party in 1994, at age 70, and finally retired for good in 2004, at age 80. - Lloyd was also active in land development. He developed much of the land that is now the Ponderosa. While dairying, Lloyd was very active in local dairy organizations and the 4-H. In later years, he enjoyed being active in the Green Acres Christian Fellowship Church. - He is survived by his fourth wife, Faith, daughters Liz (Eric) and Pepi (Gale), and sons Steve (Soontharee), Ty (Vicki,) Bill (Cheryl), John (Debbie) and Andrew (Shannon), 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. An infant son preceded Lloyd in death. - Funeral Services will be held at the Redeemer Lutheran Church (3606 S. Old Schafer Road, Spokane Valley) at 11AM on Saturday May 23rd, with a remembrance to follow at Darcy’s Restaurant (10502 E. Sprague Avenue, in the U-City Mall). - In lieu of flowers, the family requests you donate to Hospice of Spokane or to the charity of your choice. - Read more about Lloyd’s life at www.lloydphillips.net. Community Cremation & Funeral Spokane Valley - 13127 E. Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99216, (509)926-2020 - Communitycremationandfuneral.com

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