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Keith E.Phillips

December 7th, 1936 - February 17th, 2016

Keith Edward Phillips, of North Bend, Oregon, 79, passed away February 17, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. He was born December 7, 1936, to Ruth Ida (Crawford) and Floyd H. Phillips in Great Falls, MT. Keith attended Willamette University, graduating with a B.S., 1960 from University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA. He married Barbara W. Brooks in 1956. They were married 37 years, and raised two children together. He had a long-time career as general manager for Dun and Bradstreet in various locations, including Portland, OR. He also worked as an executive recruiter and eventually established his own recruiting business in the Portland area. In 1992, Keith moved to Vashon Island, Washington to be with Andrea Wall and her two sons, David and Chad. Later Keith and Andrea moved to North Bend, Oregon to be closer to family. Keith was an accomplished vegetable and flower gardener. The landscaping at his home was always beautiful, especially his rose gardens. He also enjoyed fishing, wood working, and sports. He had been a member of Rotary Club, Elks Lodge, and Aero Club of Portland. He was a larger than life kind of man, wise, gregarious, and a bit cantankerous. Keith will be remembered by longtime companion, Andrea Wall, his children Jeff (Joanie) Phillips of Hillsboro and Ruth Ellen (Pat) Melton of North Bend, their mother, Barbara Phillips of Portland, grandchildren Katherine, Ryan, C.J. and Ethan; nephews Bruce and Floyd; nieces, Lisa and Wendy. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Mary Ellen Snyder Powell, stepmother Cecelia Phillips, and stepsister Nancy Beggs. He also leaves behind friends and other family who will miss his unique charm. A family and friends barbeque will be held this summer to celebrate his life. Remembrances may be made to Coos County Community Concerts, or to the “Penny Lady” at North Bend, Oregon Bi-mart. His expressions of strength and humor will remain in those that knew him. Arrangements are with Autumn Funerals, Tigard, OR, Autumncares.com.

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Myrtle and Laura Jean Walls

Keith, you made Andy a happy lady. You will be forever in our hearts. God be with you Keith.

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Staff at Autumn Funerals, Cremation & Burial

Our sincere condolences.

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RuthEllen (Phillips) Melton

Candle lit by RuthEllen (Phillips) Melton I praise the Lord for my dad. He was always encouraged me to be my very best. I didn't always understand that this was what his intentions were, but now, I see, that he gave me strength to tackle my dreams. My son, Ryan, says he now knows what forever in your heart means...they had a special bond. Ryan also mentioned that he has all of Grandpa's expressions in his mind. He could be tough and stubborn, but also protective and caring. Thank you, Lord, for the beautiful memories my dad created with all of us. And...thank you that I found Dad's Bible at a young age, and that I have carried Jesus in my heart ever since.

Published January 4th, 2024
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Andy

This man was the light of my life for 25 years. He gave me so much, made me laugh and taught me to garden which has sustained me through all this sadness. He let me fly and always was there to support and care for me. I will miss him so much. I can never thank him enough for those wonderful years.

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larry hull

Candle lit by larry hull When Andrea's and my mom was in a care facility, Keith always managed to get her to smile. My favorite was when he asked her she "ate all her carrots and peas. . . ?" Mom would give us all one of her rare smiles. It really shows the kind and caring person Keith was beneath that gruff exterior. I will miss him.

Published January 4th, 2024
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Chad Wall

Keith was a second father to me. His support and encouragement to me during my young adult years and his unflagging dedication to my mother's well being made a huge impact on my life. He was a genuine man who cared deeply for the people around him. I am fortunate to have been one of those people and am glad that Keith left behind so many fond memories for me to carry forward.

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