Kenneth Dean Phillips

Kenneth Dean Phillips

Kenneth Dean Phillips, 95, of McClure, died Saturday, April 27, 2024, at his home. 

He was born on Nov. 28, 1928, in St. Louis, the son of Romyn and Dorothy Brown Phillips. 

He married Barbara Lindsay on Dec. 27, 1958, in Alton.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Phillips of McClure; children Renee (David) Day of Memphis, Tenn., Sheila (Doug) Dorsey of St. Louis, Dr. Kenneth (Emily) Phillips of Cape Girardeau, Kristi (Brian) Rowan of Olive Branch, Miss., Kirk (Lee) Phillips of Shelbyville, Ky., Clay Phillips of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kyle (Gretchen) Phillips of Kansas, Ill., and Gretchen (Darryl) Bunch of Jonesboro; grandchildren David (Shelly), Hunter (Derek), Haley (Trevor), Connor, Taylor, Troy, Kirk, Holden, Alaina, Stephen, James, Kaitrin, Seth and Hanneli; great-grandchildren Leala, Emerson, Rowan, River, Della and baby Cora on the way; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings and their spouses Donald (Ann) Phillips, Betty (Merle) Abercrombie and JoAnn (Keith) Wahlstrom; and two grandchildren, Asher David Phillips and Spencer Thomas Phillips.

Mr. Phillips served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of the American Legion, the Missouri State Teachers Association and Farm Bureau. 

He graduated from the University of Missouri. For one year, he taught at Parkway High School in St. Louis before beginning his 20-year teaching career at Cape Girardeau Junior High School. 

He loved to work. So much so, it often carried over into his dreams. He loved farming, never considering it a job, but rather an honor to be on the land.

The family of Kenneth Phillips gives a special thank you to Residential Home Health and Hospice and the special women and men who helped take care of Ken his last two years.

Funeral services for Kenneth Phillips were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with Ivan Ryan officiating. 

Interment followed in the Anna Cemetery. Military funeral honors were conducted at the cemetery by Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 of the VFW and the U.S. Marine Corps funeral honors team. 

Memorials can be made to Residential Hospice, the American Cancer Society or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

To visit his memorial page and to leave online condolences for his family, visit the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home website at

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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