Robert Haskell “Bob” Phillips left us on March 26th, 2018, to watch over us in his new heavenly home. Bob loved life and he was very good at living it. He was universally loved by all who were privileged to know him. A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s extraordinary life will be held Friday, April 6th at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Stillwater with Mike Chaffin and Kyle Anderson officiating.
Bob was born on July 24th, 1942 in Stillwater, OK, the son of Alwina and Elmer Dean Phillips. He graduated from Stillwater High School in the close nit class of 1960. He attended OSU for one year before transferring to Southwestern Oklahoma State College where he received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1965. He admitted to the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine where he graduated in 1969. He trained in general surgery at O.U. finishing in 1976.
Bob’s surgery residency at O.U. was interrupted in 1971 by his service in the U.S. navy, ultimately earning the rank of Lt. Commander. He served as a Navy doctor in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, followed by a tour of Duty in Sigonella, Sicily.
Bob returned to Stillwater in 1976 to begin his distinguished medical practice in general surgery from which he retired in 2003. During that 27-year career, Bob served as President of the Oklahoma Surgical Association, President of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Vice-Chairman of the board of the Trustees of the Oklahoma Medical Association, and Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery of the Stillwater Medical Center. Subsequent to retiring from his medical practice, Bob was the Director of Cardiac Rehab with the Stillwater Medical Center Total Health Program.
Bob was loyal to his multitude of friends and he was usually the first person to be called with descriptions of aliments. He was also extremely generous with his time in service to his community and to his savior. He made 14 trips to South America, at his own personal expense, as a part of Volunteers in Mission through the auspices of the United Methodist Church, sometimes accompanied by his beloved wife, Vicki, or sons, Chris and Brandon. Bob was a very a faithful Kiwanian, in both the Golden K and Noon Kiwanis organizations. He was a dedicated contributor to and board member of the OSU Friends of Music. Bob’s light shone brightly and his good works gave glory to his Lord.
Bob was very athletic. He was a letterman on the Stillwater Pioneer Cross Country Team in high school and was a star athlete on the track team. Bob played recreational softball for many years. But Bobs passion in sports was golf and he was very accomplished at it. As all golfers know, the pinnacle of success of the sport is making a hole in one and Bob made two of them at Stillwater Golf and Country Club.
Bob was a lifelong avid reader who covered more than a book a week. He had to keep an extensive listing of the books he read so he wouldn’t have to read the same book twice.
Bob was a big tease and he loved playing practical jokes on friends and family. He will be forever remembered for his effervescent smile. Bob dearly loved playing with his grandchildren, taking them to sporting events and attending their games and recitals. He treated every occasion as a teaching opportunity for them.
Bob is survived by the most important people in his life, his wife Vicki, and their sons, Chris and Brandon, all of Stillwater. Also mourning his death are Bob’s sister, Lou Phillips of Stillwater, and brother, Bill Phillips of Tyler, Texas, Chris’ wife Angie and their children, Corbin, Ashlyn, and Lauren, Brandon’s wife Duygu and their children, Damla and Bora and nephews Josh Hendrix and Mike Phillips. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, kay, and his niece, Ingrid Hendrix.
Memorial contributions may be made to The First United Methodist Church, 400 West Seventh, Stillwater, OK 74074.
Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com .