William “Bill” Anthony Phillips, 47, passed away on Nov. 5, 2020 at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, KS from complications of COVID-19. He was born Jan. 15, 1973 at the Sheridan County Hospital in Hoxie, KS, to Charles Robert Phillips, Sr. and Rose Marie (Becker) Phillips.
Bill was raised in Menlo, KS. He attended twelve years at Golden Plains School in Rexford and Selden, where he graduated in 1991. He then went on to auto body school at the Vo-Tech in Goodland, KS. After school, he came to work in Menlo for his father.
Bill had an avid streak for circle track racing which he loved. After his father died in 1998, Bill worked at several different places. He then decided to go to NASCAR Technical school in North Carolina. Following his graduation, he moved to Garden City, KS to work for Western Motors, and to be with the love of his life, Mandy Fine. They were married on June 27, 2009. After their marriage, Bill adopted Mandy’s daughter Aspen. Bill and Mandy have fostered many children over the years, and in 2019 adopted James Robert Anthony Phillips.
While working at Western Motors, Bill achieved all of his certifications through Chevy. His hobbies include building race cars and derby cars, and he was always working on ways to make things easier for their daughter Aspen. Bill also loved riding motorcycles, going on poker runs, and creating things with his vinyl printer for friends and family.
He is survived by his wife, Mandy; a daughter, Aspen Phillips; son, James Phillips all of the home; his mother Rose Phillips of Colby, KS; a brother, Charles Phillips, Jr. and wife Sherry of Oakley, KS; his mother-in-law Sandy Fine of Garden City, KS; a nephew Noah Phillips of Hays, KS; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Bill is preceded in death by his father, Charles Robert Phillips, Sr., and his grandparents, Leo and Aline Becker and Barbara Rose Phillips.
A Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020 at the First Southern Baptist Church in Garden City, KS, with Pastor Jeff Mitchell officiating. The service may also be viewed on Facebook Live on the Garnand Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. There will be no calling hours. The family suggests memorials given to the Shriner’s Burn Center in Galveston, Texas, or to Mandy Phillips to help with their children’s education. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com.
Posted online on November 10, 2020