Mr. William Walter Phillips, of Sand Lake, Michigan, age 69, passed away in the comfort of his home and into the arms of his Lord and Savior, on the morning of Sunday, May 10, 2015. Bill was born to Darrell and June (Cross) Phillips on Thursday, November 22, 1945, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and had been a lifelong resident of the area. Bill was a graduate of Grandville High School, and as a truehearted countryman, he proudly and courageously served his flag and country in the United States Army, stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. Before his retirement, Bill worked for CSX Railroad as a conductor for forty-years. He enjoyed many things in life. Bill was a great outdoorsman and loved to go hunting, camping, and fishing, especially with his grandsons. He also loved a perfect and pure Michigan summer day to spend the afternoon golfing. Bill was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, dear brother and friend, faithful servant to his Lord, and the best grandfather anyone could ask for. His soul will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered and celebrated by his family, friends, and anyone who knew him. May his thirst for life and laughter, and the immeasurable love for his family live on through our cherished memories. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Monica Bills; and sister Eulalie (Ted) Olewinski. He is survived by his beloved wife of eighteen years, Theresa Mae (Jackson) Phillips; loving children, Lisa (Mike) Cook and Tyler Baker; son-in-law Jimmy Bills; grandchildren Ashley Phillips, Richard Phillips, Michael Gryzen, Michael Cook, III, Darren Trader, and Katelynn Bills; great grandchildren Skylar and Colton; brother Darrell (Barbara) Phillips, Jr.; sister Elaine (Charles) Post; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation was held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Bill will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home. Pastor Dick Riley will be officiating and under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard and the United States Army, full military honors will be performed. There will also be a one hour visitation prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in Reynolds Township Cemetery. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, www.pedersonfuneralhome.com