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Richard Melvin Phillips
September 13, 1932 - May 21, 2024
Richard Phillips obit

Richard Melvin Phillips, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2024, in Manteca, California, at the age of 91. Born on September 13, 1932, in San Leandro, California, Richard's life was a testament to hard work, dedication, and a zest for life.

Richard grew up in San Leandro before moving to Manteca as a teenager, where he graduated from Manteca High School in 1950. During his high school years, he was an avid football player.

After graduating, Richard served honorably in the Army National Guard, demonstrating his commitment to his country. His career began as a truck driver for Franzia in the 1960s, but it was in farming that Richard found his true calling. For over 50 years, he farmed almonds at P & P Farms, leaving a lasting legacy in the agricultural community.

In addition to his farming career, Richard served as an auxiliary sheriff in San Joaquin County in the 1960s. His versatility and skill were also evident in his ability to build several homes from the ground up, showcasing his remarkable talent and work ethic.

Richard had a passion for speed and adventure, which led him to race both boats and cars. He built several boats from scratch and meticulously rebuilt cars, always striving for excellence. His enthusiasm for bowling was equally notable; he was an exceptional bowler who participated in many league teams over the years. Richard was a member of one of the inaugural bowling teams at Manteca Bowl upon its establishment in 1959. A passionate golfer, he relished both the competitive spirit and companionship shared with friends on the golf course. Additionally, he dedicated his time to coaching numerous men's and women's softball teams in Manteca. Beyond sports, Richard showcased his musical talents by playing the accordion.

Known for his exceptional work ethic, Richard's word was considered better than a signature. He was a loyal and trustworthy man, who loved to tease and joke around, bringing joy and laughter to those around him. Richard had many friends and never made an enemy, a testament to his kind and generous spirit.

Richard is survived by his devoted wife of 72 years, Ernestine, his loving children Diane Phillips, Michael Phillips (Carolyn) and Rick (Teresa) Phillips, and his cherished grandchildren, Tara, Michael Jr., Michelle, Christina, and Richard. He also leaves behind his treasured great-grandchildren, Alexis, Larissa, Evan, Braden, Adalynn, Kensley, Hunter, and Jameson.

Richard's life was a rich tapestry of family, friendship, and dedication. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

P.L. Fry and Son is honored to be serving the Phillips family a memorial will be held on Friday, May 31, 2024 at 10:00 AM at P.L. Fry and Son Chapel followed by a graveside at Parkview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers of flowers donations can be sent to The Manteca Historical Society 600 W Yosemite Ave. Manteca, CA 95336.or Pro Health Hospice 1776 W March Ln Stockton, CA 95207.

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin

Wednesday, May 29, 2024