Merlin F. “Dutch” Phillips, 98, of Scranton died with his family by his side Friday May 10, 2019 at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center following a brief illness. His wife of over 75 years is the former Ethel Saar.
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Born in Scranton he was the son of the late Carl and Eva Heier Phillips. A graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1938, he proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. overseas during World War II and the Korean War where he was decorated with 8 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 27 Individual Air Medals for missions flown. Prior to retirement he was employed as a field engineer for Burroughs Corp.
A well-known and active member of the community, Merlin enjoyed volunteering and being active. He was a member of the Elm Park United Methodist Church, the Marine Corps. League, Schiller Lodge #345, for 45 years he was a Boy Scout Leader, participated in the retired Senior Volunteer Program, and gave time to the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind, Scranton Branch.
Merlin’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire staff at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center for their years of kind and compassionate care not only to Merlin, but also to his wife Ethel.
Also surviving are daughter Kristin Chamberlain and husband Scott, Vermont; son James C. Phillips and wife Linda, California; granddaughter Kira Chamberlain and husband RJ Austin; grandson Adam Chamberlain and wife Rachael; granddaughter Lisa Price, California; great-granddaughters Caitlyn and Emma Chamberlain; great-grandson Cole Hein.
He was preceded in death by brothers Floyd, Carl, Robert, Walter, and August; sisters Marie Heim, Eva Hargreaves; Dorothy Bowen, Adeline Armstrong, and Mildred Powell.
Interment services in the Pittston Avenue Cemetery were held privately at the request of the family. A celebration of Merlin’s life will be held Saturday May 25 at 1:00 pm at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, 401 Penn Ave. Scranton. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center Penn Ave. Scranton, PA 18503.
Arrangements and on-site cremation were under the care and direction of the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave. Scranton.