Calvin's Story

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Beloved son, father, papa, friend and soldier, Calvin Wayne Phillips joined his Father in Heaven
on the afternoon of April 15, 2017. Born in Binger, Oklahoma on July 30, 1947, he graduated
from Lookeba-Sickles High School before joining the United States Army. After serving in the
Vietnam War and many deployments to Germany and South Korea, Calvin returned to Ft. Sill to
finish his military career. One chapter closed and another opened when after a long courtship
he married his wife in 1987. Calvin began college at the University of Science and Arts of
Oklahoma and earned a Bachelor's degree upon which he obtained employment at the
Oklahoma Tax Commission where he remained until retirement. Calvin was a gentle husband
and companion who gave his wife 30 years of devotion and care that ended on a good year. He
was a valued friend and confidant whose advice and wisdom was always given from his heart.
He was an exceptional father who treasured his children from birth and guided them into
adulthood with the firmness of a father's command and the gentleness of a father's love. He was
adored by his granddaughters for his tenderness when they needed a lap to keep the monsters
away or a penny candy hidden in his breast pocket. Calvin's favorite pastimes were playing with
his granddaughters, attending car swap meets with his son, Michael and brother, Jimmie,
watching westerns, tending the farm animals and helping care for his wife's doves. Calvin is a
former member of the Ft. Sill Museum Cannon Crew, past president of the Marlow Outlaw
Square Dance Club, Route 66 historian, Civil War Reenactor and recipient of the St. Barbara's
Field Artillery Medal. Calvin is survived by his wife, Deborah "Ti" Phillips. Two daughters, Kelly
Stejskal and Penelope Dryden; three sons, Kevin, Gregory and Michael Phillips; mother,
Bernice Phillips and father, the late Willie Phillips; sister, Carolyn Austin; brothers, Billie, Jimmie,
Jackie and the late Patrick Phillips; dearest friend Nan Barrett; grandchildren, Lacy Stejskal,
Briana Phillips, Alana, Shayla and Leila Dryden.

Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 pm Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Ft. Sill National Cemetery.
Services have been entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service. Please sign the online guest book at www.primrosefuneralservice.com.
Published on April 19, 2017
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