Brian W. Philipps

December 9, 1995January 4, 2019
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Brian William Philipps passed into eternal life on Friday, January 4. Born December 9, 1995, Brian attended Curé of Ars grade school, Shawnee Mission East High School and graduated from Georgetown University. During his short time with us, he impacted all he touched and filled his life with adventures. Wherever he was in life, Brian surrounded himself with a full complement of cherished friends and their respective parents and families.

Blessed with siblings 16, 14 and 10 years older, Brian was not only the darling of the family but also a source of youthful joy. He relished the opportunities having older siblings presented him, from attending various sporting events to college visits and shared domestic and international travel. As Brian grew older, his siblings cherished opportunities to participate in his life events.

Brian loved learning and one of his earliest passions was reading. At a young age, family members read him the Harry Potter series, omitting the scary parts until he caught on and insisted on hearing everything. A short time after that, Brian was devouring books on his own. He loved sitting in a comfortable chair in front of a roaring fire, book in hand. Often a sibling was in the chair right next to him. No words needed to be spoken - a book, a fire and a loved companion.

Brian and Dad were on a quest to see a baseball game in each Major League stadium. This once necessitated three cities in three days with treasured car time in between, Brian navigating. Mom accompanied them on many of these trips and was amazed at the level of detail Brian and Dad devoted to each stadium and surrounding neighborhood. Almost completed, only a few remain.

While at Georgetown, Brian studied in the School of Foreign Service, where he was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, the Professional Foreign Service Fraternity. After graduation, he accepted a job with CitiBank in New York City.

Brian is preceded in death by his grandmother Rosemarie Philipps and his grandfather John Bolin. He is survived by parents Carole and Gary; siblings Annie, Michael and Tom; and grandparents Mary Bolin and William Philipps. Life will not be the same without Brian, but we are so thankful he blessed and enriched our lives.

A rosary will be said in Brian’s memory on Thursday, January 10th at 5:30 pm at Curé of Ars Catholic Church, followed by Visitation from 6-8. Funeral mass will be on Friday, Jan. 11 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Curé of Ars and the family will direct these to charitable causes in Brian’s memory.


  • Rosary Service Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 11, 2019

Brian W. Philipps

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Sharon Walters

January 10, 2019

To a teacher, Brian was a “dream student”. He was thoughtful, kind, and studious. He had such a mature spirit and thirst for knowledge. He was a student you would never forget. I am so saddened by our loss. May the Holy Spirit comfort and strengthen you in this time of great sorrow!

Cece Stabler

January 10, 2019

Dear Gary, Carole, Annie, Michael, and Tom,
Mike and I are deeply saddened by your loss! We pray for you to be surrounded by love.
Cece and Mike Stabler

Diane Rivera

January 9, 2019

Every once in a while someone comes into your life that adds an extra shine. Brian did that for me. He sat right next to me and from the first day he impressed me with his graciousness, his wit, and his intelligence. He knew his place so well and he took every opportunity to always try and make me feel better or give me a laugh when I was stressed. He had an incredible sense of humor, so funny. He was a very special person and losing him is a deep felt pain for everyone here. He is missed. My heart goes out to all you. He talked so fondly of his family and it was obvious how much he was loved and what a wonderful upbringing he had. You raised a lovely son and I am sure you were very proud of him. My prayers and thoughts are with your family and will be for a long time to come. God Bless Brian.

Laura Basi

January 9, 2019

Living with the Philipps family for a month while in grad school on a clinical rotation in Kansas City, my fondest memories were of Brian - we ate breakfast together every morning and played catch many afternoons. He was full of spunk! A close friend of Annie’s from college, I loved having the opportunity to know Brian, who she clearly adored. He was fun, smart, mature and had a great sense of humor whenever I was around him. To Carole, Gary, Annie, Tom, and Michael, you are greatly loved and many are aching with you.

David Brown

January 9, 2019

Brian and parents 2014

Kelly Pidcoe

January 9, 2019

Brian and I went to grade school and high school together. We first bonded over our love for the Yankees (yankee fans in Kansas had to stick together). This summer Brian helped me to find housing in Washington DC. His friendliness and eagerness to help me made me feel at home in DC and ready for my transition to move to a bigger city. Brian was one of the nicest and most genuine guys I knew and he will he missed by so many people.

Laura Beachy Langdon

January 8, 2019

Brian was an absolute dream student. It was clear that he was a "gentleman and a scholar," as my grandfather would say, both in and out of the classroom. I was such a fortunate teacher to have him in my senior IB English class, as he was a shining star. He exuded a love of learning, a great sense of humor, and a kindness to all; this made him a joy to see each day. What a wonderful, wonderful person! Best wishes of love, comfort, light, and warm memories to all of his relatives and Lancer family.
Laura Beachy Langdon