Phillips, Donald Lee

Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017
Time: 3:00 to 8;00 PM and after 9:00 AM on Monday, March 13, 2017

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Monday, March 13, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Elmwood Cemetery, Lonedell, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the MO Department of Conservation or to Easter Lodge 575 Scholarship Fund.


Donald Lee Phillips, known to all as Don, of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in Union, MO, surrounded by the love of his family, on March 9, 2017, having reached the age of eighty-four years, eleven months and twenty days. Don was born in St. Clair on March 19, 1932, son of Monroe James Phillips and Ada Elizabeth Phillips Empt. On October 29, 1994, for the first time in his life, he was united to the love of his life, Gladys Marie Taylor nee McClain and they were blessed to have twenty three years together

. Don is survived by his wife, Gladys Phillips of St. Clair, MO; by Gladys's children, whom he loved dearly, Sharon Thebeau and husband, Tim, of Union, MO, Legina Taylor-Agha and husband, Hossein, of St. Louis, MO and Mike Taylor of Casper, WY; by his grandchildren, Jessica Hatfield and husband, Randy, of Union, Jake Thebeau and girlfriend, Kelsi Anderson, of Kirkwood, MO and Sarra Agha of St. Louis; by one sister, Virginia Speakes and husband, Charles, of Pacific, MO; by special nephews, Mike Speakes and wife, Amy, of Robertsville, MO and Gary Speakes and wife, Rita, of Belleville, IL; by brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Monroe and Ada Phillips.

Don was a Christian and long time member of First Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO. He was proud to have served his country during the Korean War in the United States Army, entering September 23, 1952 and receiving his honorable discharge on September 10, 1954. After his discharge he returned home and began his working career with International Shoe Company as a truck driver, retiring after 28 years. For the past thirty-two years, Don owned and operated Don's Bait and Tackle in St. Clair, MO, where everyone was greeted with a smile and the words, "Well, how we doin?" and as you left you always heard, "And we thank you". Don was also a thirty second degree Mason and fifty-three year member of Easter Lodge 575, AF and AM, having entered June 22, 1964, passed September 14, 1965 and raised November 9, 1965. Hunting and fishing were Don's passion and for many years, he hunted in Canada each year, having killed four bears. He and Gladys loved going on hunting trips in remote areas and fishing on the river was a favorite hobby. Don's largest catch was a ninety pound flathead catfish on a trot line. He enjoyed listening to the fishing tales of his customers and friends, and covered his walls with their photos. Nothing made him happier than the time he spent with the grandchildren as he loved them dearly.

A devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Monday, March 14, 2017 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Jim Muir officiating. Interment with full military honors was held in Elmwood Cemetery, Lonedell, MO. Memorials may be made to the MO Department of Conservation or to Easter Lodge 575 Scholarship Fund.