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Joseph F. Philipps

July 21, 2017 June 28, 2014
Joseph F. Philipps
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Joseph F. Philipps, a resident of Oak Park for more than 60 years, died there June 28, 2014, at the age of 96 . He was born in Mineral Point, Wisc. He began his apprenticeship with Local 597 of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union in 1937 and was an active member of the Union for more than 75 years. He enlisted in the Army prior to the outbreak of WWII and served in the Aleutian Campaign. There he rose to the rank of Major, serving as a Battery Commander in the Coastal Artillery. After the war he returned to complete his apprenticeship. In 1954, he was appointed Apprentice and Training Coordinator to assist in the formation of the first Instructor Training and Apprentice Contest held at Purdue University. He was then assigned to the International Training Fund as Coordinator, serving as Administrator of the UA/NCA Training Trust Fund. He completed his many years of service as a Field Representative for the UA/NCA Training Trust Fund. In 1986 he was awarded the prestigious Francis X. Mc Cartin Leadership Award for his many years of dedicated service to the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry in the United States and Canada. (UA) This Award recognizes Labor leaders who have provided dedicated leadership and given their utmost to promote the UA while avoiding personal praise and honors. In 2005, he was given The Martin P. Durkin Lifetime Achievement Award for demonstrating distinguished professionalism and dedication to training in the Pipe Trades Industry and for devotion to the highest standards of excellence in craftsmanship. He was an active member of Ascension Church for more than 60 years. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years Delsie Fields Philipps. He is survived by son Joseph (Barbara), daughter Barbara (Neil) Hartigan, daughter Dorothy (David) Nagel. Four grandchildren, Leigh Ann (Bob)Dolan, Busy Philipps (Marc Silverstein), Jim (Beth) Nagel, and Christopher Philipps Shields; and five great-grandchildren, Birdie & Cricket Silverstein, Josie Dolan, Olivia & Joseph Nagel. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Rainbow Hospice, The Ark/ Inpatient Unit, 1550 Bishop Ct., Mt. Prospect, IL 60056, who guided Dad in his final journey.


Wednesday, July 9 11 a.m.

Ascension Church 808 S. East Ave., Oak Park


Tuesday, July 8 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home

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