Carlton V. Phillips Sr., 93, died peacefully at home Feb 8th of natural causes. A WWII B-17 bombardier, Carl earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for combat action over Europe at age 19. He was a Corps of Engineers officer in the Korean Conflict, and retired from the Reserves in 1984 as a colonel after service in the Aviation Systems Command. He still gave Civil Air Patrol cadets sailplane orientation rides at age 80. He graduated in 1957 from Brown University with a BA in economics, then earned an MA from St Mary’s College and 2 graduate degrees from the Air War College and the Army Command & Staff College. He founded and owned an aviation business and later a regional investment banking firm. Carl was active with the Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish finance committee & men’s club, a chapter president in Sons of the American Revolution, and a member of Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War & the Mayflower Society. A native of Dartmouth, MA, he married the love of his life, Gladys M. Lynch of New Bedford, in 1949. They moved to Scottsdale in 1963. Gladys died 21 Nov 2017. Carl is survived by children Carlton Jr., John, Maura, Sally, Sheila, Gina, & Nathan, their spouses, 10 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, sister Carol Armas Regna, & extended family. The Phillipses extend sincerest gratitude to caregiver Seini Latu & family for years of patient, loving care. Visitation will be Sun. Feb 25, 5-7 p.m. with 7 p.m. Rosary at Messinger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Rd, Scottsdale. The funeral Mass will 10 a.m. Mon. Feb 26 at OLPH Catholic Parish, 7655 E. Main St., Scottsdale, followed by inurnment at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 2033 N. 48TH St., Phoenix, with reception at OLPH parish hall afterwards. Donations to Catholic Charities Community Services are welcome in lieu of flowers.
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