E. Wayne Phillips

February 8, 1924June 12, 2018

E. Wayne Phillips, 94, died June 12, 2018. Wayne was born in Macon County, MO to Everett and Ferne (Hill) Phillips.

In 1941 he attended Northeast Missouri State Teacher’s College (Truman State University); his studies were interrupted in 1943 when he enlisted in the Navy and served until 1946 in the Pacific theater. He returned to Northeast Missouri State Teacher’s College where he completed his bachelor’s degree in 1948 and where he met and married Ada Rice.

They both taught in the high school at Unionville, MO for 2 years. Wayne also earned a master’s degree in school administration and both taught and was vice principal at New Cambria, MO for 1 year before moving to Hannibal, MO, where he joined IBM. His 34 year career with IBM took him to Wichita, KS, which included 6 years in Hutchinson, KS. He began his IBM career as a field service engineer for data processing equipment (e.g. key punch equipment, card sorters) and grew with the company to servicing computers, completing his career as a Senior Program Systems Representative (software support). He was active in church as a deacon, an elder, a Bible teacher, and an avid bowler. He enjoyed traveling, especially if he was driving. His favorite trip was in 1989, driving the Alcan Highway to Alaska.

He is survived by his wife, Ada, his daughter Teresa Phillips (Overland Park, KS), his son Mark and wife Linda (White) Phillips (Kansas City, MO), grandson Timothy Phillips and granddaughter Anna Phillips.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 23rd, 2 PM at Overland Park Christian Church, 7600 W 75th St. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Habitat for Humanity.


  • Everett Phillips (Deceased), Father
  • Ferne (Hill) Phillips (Deceased), Mother
  • Ada Phillips, Wife
  • Teresa Phillips, Daughter
  • Mark Phillips, Son
  • Linda (White) Phillips, Daughter-in-law
  • TImothy Phillips, Grandson
  • Anna Phillips, Granddaughter


E. Wayne Phillips

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Gregory Trachta

December 22, 2018

My family lived near Everett and Ferne Phillips in the 1940s and 1950s. My brother and I went to school with Wayne's sister, Lillie Jean Phillips. I vividly remember Wayne and his brother Raymond being at their parents' house several times when we visited in the late 1940s. We got updates on his career after that as long as my parents remained in touch with his parents. He taught school at Bohannon Country school, but that was before my time there. My best memory of Wayne involves him and his brother Raymond listening to the St. Louis Cardinals on the radio, and keeping what seemed to me (six years old) elaborate score sheets on the game. He seemed extraordinarily knowledgeable of baseball.

Lenna Bowen

June 14, 2018

I will always remember the summer I spent in Wichita “helping” take care of little Tim. I loved spending time there. I can still remember the smell of the evergreens out front and the beautiful yard with the train waterer. They always felt more like grandparents to me. He tried to help me with my math skills playing dominos, not sure that took very well. Will miss him greatly.