Charles Phillips


Charles Phillips
Jan. 2, 1930 - March 27, 2011

Charles "Chuck" Phillips, 81, passed away March 27, 2011. Born Jan. 2, 1930, in Kansas City, Mo., he was
the eldest of 13 children. Chuck moved with his family and grew up in and around the Clarkston area, where he drove logging trucks and fostered a love of music. Chuck bought his first guitar as a young boy with money he earned working on Palouse area farms. His music career flourished and became a part of his life that generated many colorful and entertaining stories. He met his future bride, Virginia Salansky, while traveling with his musical group, and they were married in 1960 in Spokane. Chuck served in the U.S. Navy. Among his duties, he was a radioman aboard aircraft carriers, including the USS Antietam, and he served his country honorably in the Korean War. After his service in the military, Chuck and Virginia settled in the Spokane Valley, where Chuck transitioned his career to "studio musician," to accommodate raising a family. For several decades, Chuck operated "Phillips Studios of Music," where his talents were passed along to new generations of musicians. Many years were spent working nights and weekends also, at various Spokane clubs, weddings, and events.

Chuck and Virginia raised four children. He was a tireless supporter of his children's activities; he was a
familiar face with the University High School Band Parent's Association from 1979 through 1989. He en-
joyed spending time with his family and had fond memories in particular of his time spent in Glacier
National Park at "the cabin." One of Chuck's passions remained his beloved guitar, "Ol' Clementine," which has entertained and enchanted many. Chuck was a funny, loving, and compassionate husband and father.

Chuck was preceded in death by his son, Craig, in 1991; siblings, John Phillips, Orville Phillips, Wendell Phillips, Kendell Phillips, Delores Deyoe, Louise Smith and Geraldine Phillips (infant). Chuck is survived by his wife of 50 years, Virginia Phillips; his children and their spouses, Kurt Phillips and Yvette O'Meally of Woodinville, Wash., Kathy and Steve Ruthven of Walla Walla, and Caryl Thomas of Post Falls, Ida.; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Anna, Lauren, Leah, Noelani, Craig, Kaylee and Kaci. Surviving siblings include, Roger Phillips, Linda Wormell, Sandy Haddox, Jerry Phillips and Eva Marcum. Chuck is also survived by dear friends Roy and Jeanne Bartlett of Clarkston, and Richard and Pam Piro of Spokane Valley.

Funeral services for Chuck will be held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Spokane Valley on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at 1p.m.


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