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Richard Lee Phillips

Richard Lee Phillips, 77, of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, was called home by our heavenly father on Sunday, February 14, 2021. He passed away peacefully at Spearfish Monument Hospital after a fire in his home.

Richard was born August 24, 1943, in Oxford, Nebraska, to Paul and Phillis (Nicholson) Phillips. He attended Manual High School in Denver, Colorado. He spent most of his life in Commerce City, Colorado, where he held various jobs and positions.

His love for county music and dancing was a part of his everyday life. He really was a kid at heart, enjoying games of all kinds with his family and friends along with frequenting zoos and amusement parks.

Along with his family, Richard’s greatest accomplishment was finding and keeping his sobriety for over 32 years. He also dedicated 25 years as a volunteer at the Little Red House helping others with their own sobriety.

He is preceded in death by both of his parents, Paul and Phyllis Phillips; one grandson, Andrew Phillips; and one great granddaughter, Molli Toth.

He is survived by his children, Denise (Robert) Whitson of Bernice, Oklahoma; Dorothy (Hank) Engelhaupt of Sundance, Wyoming; Darlena Phillips of Monkey Island, Oklahoma; Nicholas (Stephanie) Phillips of San Antonio, Texas; Timothy Phillips of Grand Junction, Colorado; seven grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; six siblings; many nieces and nephews; and best friend, Robert Kenstler.

He was a man of many talents with a huge heart. He will be missed by all who know and love him!

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Belle Fourche.

Cremation arrangements were under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Isburg Crematory of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at