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John Innes Philp

Mar 26, 2014 - Staff

John Innes Philp, a lifelong Fremont County resident, died Friday, March 21, 2014. He was 92 years old.

A viewing will be 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 27, and funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Davis Funeral Home in Riverton. Burial will follow at the Shoshoni Cemetery with a reception at the Senior Citizen Center in Shoshoni.

John Innes Philp was born in Shoshoni, the son of Scottish immigrants Mary and Frank Philp.

He attended school in Lysite until the eighth grade and then boarded in Casper until he graduated from Natrona County High School in 1939.

He served with the 181st Field Artillery in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 in New Guinea, the Southern Philippines and Luzon. As a radio operator he received commendation for his efforts to maintain communications in extreme weather conditions and under enemy fire. His military experiences introduced him to many longtime friends, and he became an enthusiastic reader, learning about American and world history.

He and his wife, Kathleen Ann Good, were married for 67 years. They lived on the corner of Schoening and Fremont streets in Lysite.

Mr. Philp was a rancher, and he and his wife followed the animals and seasons up Bridger Creek. They often could be seen living in a sheepwagon as they trailed sheep across Beaver Rim to South Pass. They raised five children.

The Philps enjoyed traveling to Scotland to visit friends and the Philp and Good families. His family said he especially enjoyed visiting the Scottish Borders and attending agricultural shows, dog trials and Scottish farm and sheep operations.

In 2004 the Philps moved to Riverton and enjoyed a new way of life with new neighbors.

His family said Mr. Philp's energy and interest in the world around him led him to serve his community in many ways. He served as a Fremont County commissioner from 1976 to 1989, providing a rural voice for all people in the county. As a founding member of the Fremont County Fire Protection District, he worked to better fire protection for rural areas of the county. He was a member of the Fremont County School Redistricting Committee, and he had a lifelong affiliation with the VFW, Wyoming Wool Growers Association, Wyoming Stock Growers Association and the Farm Bureau. He was selected to serve on national and regional BLM advisory boards. He also loved to fly and was a member of the Flying Farmers Association.

His family said Mr. Philp had a friend wherever he went, and he never met a stranger. Ever curious and with a twinkle in his eye, questions were his forte.

He is survived by his wife and loving companion, Ann; sons Frank (Janet) and Rob (Gloria) Philp; daughters Diana (Dick) Currah, Elizabeth (Jerry Dilts) Philp and Dorothy Philp; grandchildren Shawn Philp of Sterling, Colo., Andy Currah of Pinedale, Margaret Jones of Farson, Chris Currah of Lafayette, Colo., and Aley Zupan-Philp of Cheyenne; and great-grandchildren Jayden, Halli, Sydney, Mason, Cooper, Tyler, Crue and John.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Wyoming Public Television, the Senior Citizen Center in Shoshoni or Riverton VFW in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.

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