In Loving Memory…

Ronald A. Phillips

Ronald Allen Phillips, 67, of Florence, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019 at his home.

He was born September 13, 1951 in Sedalia, a son of Jackie Leon and Viola (Brodersen) Phillips. On August 20, 1988, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church near Florence, he was married to Rose Lynn (Bartel).

Ron was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, where he taught the men’s Sunday School class for many years.

He received an Electronics degree in 1974 from the Electronics Institute in Kansas City. He worked as a Public Utilities contractor for 35 years in telecommunications, and then worked nine and a half years as a corrections officer for the Missouri Department of Corrections, retiring in September 2016. He and his wife, Rose, owned and operated a poultry farm for 28 years.

He enjoyed family dinners, guns, Harleys, watching tv and quilts.

Surviving are his wife, Rose, of the home; his father, Jackie Phillips, of Sedalia; six children, Celeste Sunshine (Jon) Crews, of Memphis, TN, Walker Caleb Phillips, of Florence, Christopher (Jennifer) Harvey, of Marshall, Chadley (Kim) Harvey, of Lenexa, KS, Chaundra (Donald) Brodersen, of Otterville, and Caryn (Will) Thomas, of Bunceton; sixteen grandchildren, Skylar and Mykala Crews, Caleb and Alaina Phillips, Eric Harvey, Leslie Stark, Stephanie Fisher, Ashton Cabanas, Austin Harvey, Treavor Harvey, Logan Sartain, Travis Sartain, Kholton Brodersen, Caden Thomas, Carlie Thomas and Camryn Thomas; four great-grandchildren, Amari, Brogan, Rowyn and Penelope; a brother, Robert (Vida) Phillips; and two sisters, Cathy (Jackson) MacFedries, and Donna (John) Reynolds.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Viola Phillips in 2013; and his son, Clint Harvey in 2003.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 9, at Heckart Funeral Home.

Casket bearers will be grandsons: Eric Harvey, Austin Harvey, Treavor Harvey, Logan Sartain, Travis Sartain, Skylar Crews, Caleb Phillips and Caden Thomas.

Honorary bearers will be Kholton Brodersen, Leslie Stark, Stephanie Fisher, Ashton Cabanas, Alaina Phillips, Mykala Crews, Carlie Thomas and Camryn Thomas.

Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery near Florence.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Heckart Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to Harmony Baptist Association for scholarships to send kids to church camp, or to the Otterville Food Pantry.


  1. Danielle sawford

    Ahh, dang it!!!
    Thoughts and prayers to the whole family!
    Xoxo chaundra Brodersen!!!

  2. Cindy Hansen

    Dear Rose and Family;
    Thinking of you during this time and sending hugs and prayers! He was one of a kind and one of our favorites.
    Love, Cindy and Darryl

  3. Jessica Stilfield

    We are so sorry to hear this. Praying for your comfort during this time. Our condolences to you guys from the Stilfield family.

  4. Danny and Brenda Dunn

    So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers

  5. Linda McDaniel

    Sorry for your loss.Will keep your family in my prayers. Linda Joy (Walker) McDaniel

  6. Carolyn McLAUGHLIN

    So sorry for your loss

  7. LR and Brennie Oehrke

    So sorry for your lost, prayers to the family

  8. Crystal LeSieur

    Rose this is Barry’s ex wife. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. BJ, Corban, and Dakota also send their condolences.
    Crystal and kids

  9. Michael Erickson

    Ron was a classmate of mine at Otterville HS. My memories of Ron was of a laid back, smart and friendly guy. Everyone liked him. I’m truly sorry to hear of his passing … way too soon.

  10. Rick and Judy Holem

    Our thoughts and prayers to the family. God Bless everyone.

  11. Ron and Sandy Otten

    So sorry for the loss of Ron. Thinking of each and everyone of the families.

  12. Les and Linda Green

    Our condolences to Walker and all the family.

  13. Judy and Mark Simmons

    To the Phillips family, We are so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Remember the good times. He is in a better place and doesn’t have to suffer anymore. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy. Our love, Judy and Mark Simmons

  14. Rocky and LaRonda Stephenson

    Sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow.

  15. Vicki Butterfield

    Ashton – I am so sorry for the loss of your Grandpa. Prayers of peace and a sense of calm over the heartbreak your family is going thru. Please let me know if I can do anything.

  16. Bonnie Fields

    Prayers of strength and comfort for family and friends. R.I.P. Ron.

  17. Howie, Cheri and Eric

    Caryn and family,

    So sorry for your loss. You guys are in our thoughts and prayers.

  18. Gary D Palmer

    Dear Rose and Family,
    Was shocked to hear of Ron’s passing. May God comfort you in your loss. He was a great guy
    and I have a lot of good memories of him.

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