William Floyd Phipps

Born: Sat., Jan. 21, 1956
Died: Mon., Sep. 16, 2013


Celebration of Life

3:00 PM Sat., Nov. 09, 2013
Location: Pendleton First Church of God


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William Floyd “Bill” Phipps, of Pendleton, passed away peacefully after a long illness on Monday, Sept 16th, 2013. He was 57 years old.
 
He was born to Robert and Jaimiee “Irene” Phipps on January 21, 1956, in North Bend, Ore. He spent his childhood in numerous places, including the Philippines, while his father was in the Navy. He was very active in scouting and attended the 1970 World Scout Jamboree in Japan.
On June 16, 1979, he married the love of his life, Diana Kennedy in San Diego, Calif. They raised their family in California before moving back to Pendleton, Ore., in 1993 where he continued his business in floor covering until 2009 when he became ill. Starting in childhood and continuing throughout his life, it was not uncommon for Bill to bring home someone who was in need of food or shelter. He was often generous beyond his means. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. He liked to take trips and learn about new places and loved watching the Travel Channel. Bill also enjoyed spending time at his grandparents’ cabin at Tollgate. One of his greatest dreams was to have his own yacht and sail around the world with his family. He always said that if he won the lottery, he would build a castle (that he already drew plans for) that all of his family and friends would live in.
 
He is survived by his devoted wife of 34 years, Diana; his two daughters Tiffany Silva (Fernando) of Palm Springs, Calif., and Kimberly Stewart (Keith) of Pendleton, Ore.; grandchildren Cassandra (Javier), Gunner, Fernando, Jiovanni, and Sorelle; and great-grandchild Bentley. He is also survived by his parents Robert and Jaimiee “Irene” Phipps of Kenai, Alaska; brothers Bob (Judy) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Russ (Pam) of Soldotna, Alaska; sisters Dorothy McCune (Kevin) of Kenai and Pam Evans (Dan) of Jacksonville; aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous nieces and nephews; John Chaney of Pendleton, who he treated as a son; his best friend of 35 years, Judd Blanchard of Logan, Utah; and his beloved dog, Bailey.
 
 A Celebration of Life Gathering and Potluck will be held Saturday, November 9th, 2013, at 3:00 PM at the Pendleton First Church of God, 712 SW 27th Street in Pendleton.  In lieu of flowers, to honor Bill, please buy someone a meal.
 

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Tiffany Silva
   Posted Fri September 20, 2013
I love you so much and miss you so much! I am sorry for being such a pain growing up. Know that you are my dad and I thank god for you! You were always there for me no matter what! I am so glad that I was able to be with you one more time! Thank you for being my dad!

Sorelle Stewart
   Posted Fri September 20, 2013
I love you so much grandpa. I miss you so much. I have only been with you for a 11 years but I wish it was a lot more. Your the best grandpa in the world. Love sugar plum.

Diana
   Posted Sat September 21, 2013
My Darling,
Our love will never die. We have been through so much and got through it all. 34 years we were Husband and Wife....Please do not leave my heart my darling, I love you.
Always, Diana
And of course.....Bailey arf arf

Sandra Townsend
   Posted Tue September 24, 2013
I only got to meet Bill once, well actually twice. I am so grateful for that day I saw him in Thelma's kitchen and he brought back to me that missing piece of my childhood when his family took ours in before going overseas. It sounds like this is what he is known for his kindness and caring of others. Cousin Sandra

Marina Kincaid Longfellow
   Posted Sat September 28, 2013
We went to High School together in Subic Bay, Philippines, we didn't keep in touch much but at one of our reunions I remember sitting with you and Diana and catching up. Funny how time flies and yet for those of us who went to George Dewey it's like we were never apart. So many good things.

Bill may you have fair winds and a following sea as you sail off in your yacht looking for that perfect spot to build your castle and one day all your friends and family will gather for the best reunion ever!!

Aloha my friend!

Cheryil Marsh
   Posted Tue April 29, 2014
By many he will be missed, they say we will all see each other again some day, In my heart of hearts I know this to be true. To many have left us way to soon, In my heart if you live to be a thousand leaving is way to soon.
There was a time in my life I was around Bill and always found him to be a caring man giving man as many has mentioned and that is so true not many left like him these days.

I am sure he is free of pain now and planning what will be his next step in time to come while he awaits his loved ones, do not be scared for I do believe he will be there to guide you through, that's the kind of guy he was and still is.

Cheryil

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