Kelly Dean Phillips November 8, 1959 - October 12, 2018

Kelly Dean Phillips, age 58 of Butler, Missouri died Friday, October 12, 2018 at his home in Butler. He was born November 8, 1959 to Ronald Merle and Elsie Marie Strickland Phillips in Parsons, Kansas. Kelly, the fourth of five children, attended elementary school in Parsons. He was in 7th grade when his family moved to Butler in 1972 to oversee construction of their first cable television system. He graduated from Butler High School in 1977. On February 17, 1979 he was united in marriage to Linda Fritts and to this union two daughters, Becki and Megan were born. Kelly was a member of the First Baptist Church. Kelly’s early work experience started with his dad for Butler Cablevision followed by his involvement in MAST Ambulance Service. He possessed both medical and law enforcement training and experience. He served 34 years at Bates County Memorial Hospital where he was a Paramedic and Director of Emergency Management Services. In law enforcement, Kelly served as Deputy for every Sheriff beginning in 1989 with Sheriff Leonard “Buck” Hough and continued with current Sheriff Chad Anderson. He was also a Reserve Officer for the Butler Police Department. Kelly was a leader and taught various medical and law enforcement classes. He was compassionate . . . and a professional who handled his job with dignity. Personally speaking, Kelly was committed to a cause, loyal, humble, and steadfast. Family was his #1 priority. He enjoyed hunting, being outdoors and spending time watching nature in a tree stand. His beloved German Shepherd Nitro was his constant companion. Not only was Kelly a devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather . . . but a true friend to many. He leaves a legacy of memories. Kelly is survived by his wife, Linda Phillips of Butler, Missouri; two daughters, Becki Hagerman and husband Jeremy of Tahlequah, Oklahoma and Megan Reno and husband Jerret of Butler, Missouri; one brother, Rod Phillips and wife Andrea of Branson, Missouri; two sisters, Sharon Austin and husband T. J. of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Dr. Brenda Herrman and husband Dr. Bret Herrman of Springfield, Missouri; and six grandchildren, Kaelyn, Colton, Lathan, Raiden, Sutton and Tracen. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Bryan

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