Friday, December 19, 2014



Thecla “Tek” E. Phillips, 82, Shawnee, Kan., formerly of Ottawa, Kan., died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

A funeral mass is planned 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ottawa. A rosary is to be said at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, followed by a family and friends visitation at 7 p.m. Inurnment is set for Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Ottawa.

Tek was born Jan. 12, 1931, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Joseph and Emma (Ihle) Kuley.

She was a graduate of St. Dominic’s Grade School and Seton Academy High in Cincinnati, and attended the University of Cincinnati. While attending school and after completion, she was associated with the Billboard Publishing Company.

Tek was united in marriage with Blaine B. Phillips Oct. 4, 1952, in Cincinnati. They had been married 59 years at the time of Blaine’s passing in March 2012. For many years, they lived in Wichita, where she retired from the Coleman Company. They moved to Ottawa in 2004, and she later moved to Shawnee, Kan. Prior residences included Topeka and Jacksonville, Fla.

Survivors include her children, Christine Young and husband, Steve, Shawnee, Kan., Julie Kirkwood, Shawnee, Kan., Blaine “Skip” Phillips and wife, Tiffany, Franktown, Colo.; grandchildren, Corbin Phillips, Jesse, Gina and Jared Kirkwood, and Breanne Young; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and three brothers.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Sacred Heart School through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

An online guest book is available at

comments powered by Disqus