Claude Philips, a long-time resident of Maupin, Ore., passed away on Sept. 18, 2017, in Vale, Ore. He was being cared for by the Frontier Foster Home in Vale. He had loved ones with him during his last days.
Claude Philips was born in West Fargo, N.D., to Alice Schmidt and John Philips.
He met his wife, Patricia Keoke in Tioga, N.D., eventually marrying her, and then joining the Army. He served his time at Fort Lewis, Wash., as a radio specialist, and two daughters were born to Claude and Pat. After being discharged, he took his family of four and moved to the family farm/ranch in south west North Dakota, and two more girls and one boy were born into the family.
In 1969, better opportunities were in Oregon, so Claude moved his family of seven to Tygh Valley, Ore., where he was hired at the Mt. Fir Lumber Company in Maupin. He worked for Mt. Lumber and their wood chip plant in The Dalles, until his retirement in the 1990s. During the 1970s, another boy was born, increasing the number in Claude’s family to eight.
Claude is survived by his children, Michelle and Jim Swearingen, Juanita and Dennis Causbrook, Annette Philips, Kenneth Philips, Ellen Walker, John Philips; more than 20 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; sister, Darlean and husband Don Hahn.
Claude was preceded in death by wife Patricia Philips; mother Alice Marmon; step-dad Clifford Marmon; one child; some grandchildren; and some great-grandchildren.
His family will have a celebration of Claude’s life in Maupin next year on his birthday, Sept. 22, 2018, after a period of mourning and preparation. More information of the memorial will be a few months before the celebration.
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