Ira Otto Phillips

Ira Otto Phillips

August 21, 1929 - September 29, 2020

MSGT. USAF, Retired, Ira Otto Phillips, passed away on Sept. 29, 2020, of Covid-19 related pneumonia. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at Dannel Funeral Home in Sherman. Brother Danny Wood of West Sherman Baptist Church and Pastor Chad Selph of First Baptist Church in Allen will officiate. Interment will follow the service at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman. The United States Air Force will accord military honors for Mr. Phillips.

Mr. Phillips, aged 91, lived in Wylie with his loving wife, Myrtle, and had been happily married to her for 70 years as of Sept. 10, 2020. “Phil” or “Sarge,” as he was frequently and lovingly known, was born in Coryell City on Aug. 21, 1929.

Mr. Phillips attended Gatesville schools. His military career, distinguished and honorable, included service in several areas around the world as well as in Vietnam. He served for 22 years. After retiring from the military, Mr. Phillips was employed by Texas Instruments for 20 years as a supervisor in Sherman and also obtained his business degree from Grayson College. Upon retirement from Texas Instruments, Mr. Phillips obtained his real estate license and worked in the Whitesboro area, endearing himself to many.

Mr. Phillips was a devout Christian and a member of First Baptist Church of Allen. He served within many churches in different areas of ministries, including chairman of deacons and ministry to widows and widowers. During his military service in Vietnam, he served alongside the Southern Baptist missionary there, and taught English and Bible. He loved his Lord Jesus, his beloved wife, Myrtle Koch Phillips, his family, his friends and his country.

Mr. Phillips was an avid fast pitch softball pitcher, who excelled in that sport. In his younger years, he led USAF teams to worldwide fast pitch softball championship victories. While living in Sherman, he led the Ken Murray TV Team to several championship wins. His interests also included playing golf which he enjoyed until his health made it impossible. Mr. Phillips’ hobbies included fishing and hunting.

Mr. Phillips is survived by his loving wife, Myrtle Koch Phillips, loving daughters Kathy Smith and husband, Chuck Smith, of Wylie; Sue Ross and husband, Kenny Ross, of Richardson; loving grandchildren, Nathan Washington of Park City, Utah; Natalie Coonrod and husband, Michael Coonrod of Melissa; Shannon Graf of Dallas; Kacie Dolton and husband, Marc Dolton, of McKinney; Jason Smith and wife, Kari Smith, of Richardson; and Jennifer Foster and husband, Kyle Foster, of Desoto. He is also survived by loving great-grandchildren, Tristan Washington and wife, Nicole Washington, of St. Joseph, MO; Jessica Washington of Park City, Utah; Emma Washington of Fountain Hills, AZ; Elijah Coonrod and Jaxson Coonrod of Melissa; Layla Graf of Dallas; Kenzie and Graham Dolton of McKinney; Genevieve Smith of Richardson; and Maddy Garcia of Midlothian. Mr. Phillips is also survived by one great, great-grandchild, Kyla Washington of St. Joseph, MO. There are several stepbrothers and stepsisters also surviving Mr. Phillips.

Funeral services are being conducted by Dannel Funeral Home in Sherman. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mr. Phillips’ memory to ministries within your local church.

The family would like to thank the doctor and nurses on the ICU floor of Baylor Scott and White Hospital for their special care of Mr. Phillips.

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