Michael Gates Phillips, 66, of Woodstock, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Phillips was born July 19, 1946 in Oakland, California, son of Douglas G. Phillips and Shirley Karns Phillips. Although he lived many places around the world as a child and young man, he found a true home in Shenandoah County, where he lived for 40 years. He loved the beauty of the valley and enjoyed much of his time outdoors. He had a natural affection for animals and cared for many. As a smart, funny, and independent thinker, he was a reliable source of support and humor to his family and friends.
For many years, he worked in data processing and systems administration for Frederick County Government. He also spent much of his time supporting local conservation organizations.
Michael is survived by two daughters, Christy Phillips Lyon of Madison, CT and Jessica Phillips Andersen of Oakland, CA; brother, Bruce Phillips of Tacoma Park, MD and two grandsons, Benjamin William Lyon and Andrew Michael Lyon. He was preceded in death by a brother, Douglas Phillips.
Memorial contributions may be made to Volunteer Farms, 277 Crider Lane, Woodstock, VA 22664.