Phillip Henry Field

Phillip H. Field passed on to heaven August 11, 2013 at the age of 76. He fought cancer courageously for over 5 years. He is survived by his wife Chris, son Craig (Wendy), daughter Karin (John) Schmitz, his sister Virginia (Clyde) Cable, as well as 4 grandchildren Caitlin, Camille, Nathan, and Elizabeth. Phil was born in Glen Ellen, Illinois May 2, 1937, to Grace and Henry Field. As a boy he was an accomplished speed skater. He attended the University of Illinois as an Evans Scholar, graduating with a BA in marketing. After college, he honorably served our country as an Air Force pilot, stationed in Lincoln, Nebraska flying the B- 47. Phil enjoyed a 33 year career as a pilot for United Airlines. He flew 11 different airplanes and spent 15 years at the United Training Center in Denver. The highlight of his career occurred when he was selected by United Airlines to work with Boeing on the development of the 777 Airliner. For nearly 3 years he helped Boeing engineers make decisions regarding the cockpit design, instrumentation, and general flight characteristics of the airplane. After retirement, Phil was very involved with St. James Presbyterian Church. He served on session as an elder, was a Shepherd in the Sunday school program, and a leader at several youth camps. He enjoyed working with the church’s mission program, making several trips to New Orleans to help with Katrina relief efforts. He also made trips to Indian reservations in Ganado, Arizona and Sisseton, South Dakota. Other volunteer work included 15 years at the National Western Stock Show, helping at the Grant Avenue Street Reach Soup Kitchen, and more recently supporting our troops at the Denver International Airport USO. Phil enjoyed playing softball. After retirement, he was able to make it more of a priority. In 2002, He and several friends put together a plan for forming a senior organization called Scrap Iron Softball Club. Phil was instrumental in helping to establish the tax exempt status of the organization as well as helping with the accounting procedures and bylaws. What started as a small group of men and just a couple of teams now has grown to be a widely recognized club that includes 15 teams that play locally but also travel to major tournaments around the United States. His interest in softball extended to baseball as well. He was very happy when the Colorado Rockies were formed in Denver. He enjoyed 2 seasons attending the offseason Rockies Fantasy Camp in Arizona. But to an even a greater extent, he enjoyed 15 years as an usher for Rockies home games. Above all else, Phil was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He provided all of us an example of selflessness that we all can learn from. He will be missed by all who knew him but we know that he is free from pain and has returned to his previous strength. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Phil’s honor to St. James United Presbyterian Church Missions Team and/or the Denver Rocky Mountain USO.

Phil's accomplishments were many but were highlighted by his 33 year career as a pilot and manager for United Airlines during which he had the joy of consulting Boeing as they designed the B777 airplane. After retirement, Phil was active in church along with many other ministries. Also, Phil loved to play softball and was the central figure to help establish the well recognized senior softball league Scrap Iron Softball. He will be missed by all who knew him but we know he is now in a much better place.


  • Memorial Service Friday, August 16, 2013

Phillip Henry Field

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Peter Kisling

October 1, 2013

I just saw on a United page that Phil had passed. Phil was the first united manager I met during my internship at Denver TK in 1987. I was 21 and eager to learn the airline pilot ropes. Phil made me feel at ease and at home and I learned so much from him. Now after 25 years with United I am thankful for pilots like Phil for helping me get to where I am now. He will be missed. May your memories fill the days ahead

Jinny Cable

September 10, 2013

Dear Chris,Craig,Karin,Caitlin,Camille,Nathan,Elizabeth
I loved your husband, father, grandfather more than words can tell you. He was my best friend for all of my adult life and I will miss him for the rest of mine.

Bill Downiong

September 6, 2013

Dear Chris,Jinny and families
I can not wrap up 74 years of memories very well and you have to understand Vine street to know how we all were family and loved each other in our own ways .I stood proudly at Chris and Phils wedding as best man ,an honor i am very proud of and ill never forget.
Thanks for the memories.

Bill Downing

Sue Bruss

September 5, 2013

Dear Chris, Jinny and family...our deepest sympathy in the loss of a great guy. Growing up, he was someone who alternated between looking out for me and joining the rest of the 'big' kids in trying to get rid of me. Over the years, we've enjoyed special moments of the old Vine Street gang from Glen Ellyn...a group Phil and Jinny were a huge part all of you...our love and sincerest sympathy. " Susie" and Bob Bruss

Ann Brebeck

September 5, 2013

Phil and I grew up together on Vine Street. We were constant companions with my brother Bill and cousins John and Jim Marsh. It is with great sadness that I heard of his passing. His sister informed me just today having lost my address. While we had lost touch in recent years, his companionship throughout my childhood days was precious. God Bless you all. Ann & Hans Brebeck, Three Lakes, WI.

Peggy Collins

September 3, 2013

I knew Phil for many years at United. He was always a sincere, compassionate gentleman. Phil believed in doing the right thing; whether it be planes or people. He truly cared about both. Phil always had a kind word, looked on the bright side and knew how to make things better. His zest for life was contagious. Phil helped me through a very difficult, sad time in my life. Without his caring guidance, I don't know what I would have done. I can still see Phil walking down the hall at DENTK, long stride, happy, upbeat, big grin singing "Hakuna Matata" from Disney's The Lion King. It means "no worries for the rest of your days." That was Phil's positive outlook on life. Here's to you my friend. Hakuna Matata.

Judi Stilwell Martino

September 3, 2013

Dearest Chris and family,
I was so very sad to learn about Phil...Chris, I remember when you first met Phil and that encounter changed your life. What a lucky day that was for both of you, I know you have been blessed all these many years with a wonderful life, family and marriage. You were the perfect couple. Cherish those precious memories Chris and know now that Phil is your guardian angel. God Bless him and may God give you strength. ?

Kay & Steve Lents

August 24, 2013

Dear Chris & family, Our sincerest sympathy for the loss of a wonderful person. Kay knew Phil from the training center and enjoyed his witt and likeable personality. I first meet Phil playing softball in 2001 and working for the Rockies. Scrap Iron softball took up a lot of our time, but we all had a lot of fun and great times. Phil was always smiling and enjoyed playing softball, everyone from Scrap Iron will miss him.
Our thoughts and prayers are going out to the entire family. We know Phil is with the Lord and in a better pain-free place. God bless you all.
I was the guy at Fort Logan in the Scrap Iron White uniform, sorry I wasn't able to attend Phil's church memorial, I understand it was beautiful.

George Dietrich

August 20, 2013

Dear Jinny, Chris and family,
I have great memories of Phil and our times together in the Air Force and on the ski slopes. Remembering many times when Phil would say (after he had a 10' lead) "race you to the bottom". Phil was a great friend, a real gentleman and will remain in my thoughts forever.

With love,

Megan Robertson

August 18, 2013

Dear Chris and family
We were so sorry to hear of Phil's passing. We would like to extend our sympathies to all. We are thinking of you even though from a far.
Love Fay, Jack and family
Fay and Jack Cook. Sydney, Australia