William “Bill” Clinton Phillips of Plymouth Meeting, went home to be with the Lord on December
5, 2017 at 97. He was born to the late Eva Olive (Gable) and George Martin Phillips the 21st of
June, 1920 on Rodman Street in Philadelphia.
William graduated from A. D. Eisenhower High School in Norristown in June, 1940. From
November, 1941 to November, 1945 Bill served as a Technical Sergeant in the United States
Army Air Corps in the European Theatre. Some of his impressions of this time are included in a
book Second to None by Tim Grace. His service awards include the Good Conduct Medal;
Distinguished Unit Badge; American Service Medal, FAME Service Medal; W/6 Bronze Stars; and
World War II Victory Medal.
He attended Keystone Electronics School in Philadelphia from 1945 to 1948 graduating with a
license in Radio Broadcasting. Bill worked as a Television Technician at KYW – TV in Mount Rose,
PA; then Wyndmoor, PA; and finally in Roxborough, PA where he retired on July 1, 1985 after 37
years of service.
Bill was a former member of the Sea Scouts, The Penguin Boat Club, The Nor-Con-Forgers and
Ceemont Mixers Camping and Hiking Clubs, The Trooper Senior Citizen’s Club, and The Audubon
Society. As a teenager, he joined the Jeffersonville Fire Company and was an honorary member
in the Harmonville Fire Company No. 1. He was a proud member of Patriotic Order Sons of
America. He held lifetime Pennsylvania Game Commission hunting and fishing licenses and he
was able to harvest his last deer at 93 years of age.
He was confirmed a member of Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church. Then transferred to Port
Kennedy Presbyterian Church where he married Ethel Jean Moulder on June 4, 1949. They
attended Plymouth Center Union Church in Plymouth Meeting, for 25 years where they served as
Sunday School Superintendents. Bill held offices of Elder, Deacon and Trustee. Since joining
Bridgeport Presbyterian Church on February 3, 1985, he has maintained his active member.
William leaves behind his wife of 68 years Ethel J. Phillips, his daughter Cynthia Rheinheimer and
her husband, David of East Stroudsburg; his son W. Bradford Phillips and his wife, Judy of
Lafayette Hill; and his daughter Marcia Hayer and her husband, Gregory of Fort Lauderdale,
Florida. His grandchildren: Joshua Hayer and wife, Emily in Davie, Florida; Justin Hayer and wife,
Tori in Conshohocken; Mallory Phillips in Cleveland, Ohio; Jena Hayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida;
and Emma Phillips in Lafayette Hill; and one great-grandson Hunter Hayer in Davie, Florida. He
was predeceased by his parents; and his sister, Margaret (Gable) Phillips Crane in 2007; and her
husband, Paul Edward Crane in 1955.
Donations may be made to: Bridgeport Presbyterian Church 555 DeKalb Street; Bridgeport, PA
19405 or Patriotic Order Sons of America 240 South Centre Avenue; Leesport, PA 19533.