EVANSTON — William Ranold “Ran” Phillips, 88, died April 9, following complications from cardiac surgery.
He was born on Sept.9, 1929, in Evanston, to Bona Elbert and Margaret Alice (Brock) Phillips.
On July 16, 1955, he married Joyce Berniece Guild in Evanston. Together they owned and operated the Phillips Motel and RV Park for over 50 years. The park has been in the family for 82 years and is still being operated by his daughter Darla; grandchildren: Courtney, Brian and his wife, Joyce.
Ran enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling and spending time outdoors with family and friends. He was a jack-of-all-trades and enjoyed talking and reminiscing with everyone he met. He was a great mentor to all. Ran served in the National Guard in Kentucky from 1948 - 1952.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; daughters: Debra (Don) Kapp of Woodinville, Wash.; Deedra Phillips of Yakima, Wash.; and Darla Phillips of Evanston. Grandchildren include Tyler Kapp, Marissa Kapp, Courtney Carroll and Brian Carroll. He is also loved by many nieces and nephews.
Ran was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Bonnie Ritter, Joy Kanthack, Bert Phillips, Bob Phillips and an infant brother Donald Phillips.
A celebration of life will be held on April 21, at noon, at the Machine Shop. A light lunch will be provided. Military honors and graveside service will follow at the Evanston Cemetery at 2:15 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association.
Online condolences may be given at crandallfhevanston.com.