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Phil Lee Hancock

September 7, 2011

Phil Lee Hancock was born in Springfield, Illinois on Jan 17, 1940 to Charles and Lillian Hancock. He was the youngest of three sons and third of five siblings. Because of his brother’s asthma condition, their family and grandparents all moved west to Arizona to a drier climate in 1943. They attended many different schools because of three rambunctious boys. One or the other was always getting expelled for one reason or another. He involuntarily joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17, where he got his GED. While in the military, he served in the Philippines, where he encountered hostile gunfire with the natives while guarding an ammunition dump. The ordeal was terrifying and traumatic; he talked about it often Phil and Sharon were married June 4, 1960 in Yuma Arizona. They spent their first wedding anniversary in the hospital having their first child, Kathleen. Joe followed 18 months later. Over the years, Phil had worked at many different jobs from Boise Cascade paper mill in the Tri-Cities. He was promoted to a working foreman to California and then to Flagstaff, Arizona. He also worked as a milkman and then as a Coca Cola truck driver in the Phoenix area. In 1969 he wanted to “leave the rat race behind” and moved to Sherman Creek Pass so he could raise his kids, not a babysitter. He worked at Matney’s Lumber and Colmac Manufacturing before learning the trade of log cabin building from his father-in-law, Raleigh Carr. Phil took great pride in all his construction projects. Phil was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joe and Edda Hauser; Parents, Charles and Lillian Hancock, and by a brother, Chuck Hancock. Phil is survived by his wife, Sharon, of 51 years; sister Connie McCowen, Mississippi; a sister Kim Lowrey, California; a son, Joe Hancock; wife (Merel), New Mexico; daughter, Kathy Anderson (husband Terry), Kettle Falls; and three grandchildren, T.J. and Courtney Anderson and Neils Hancock. Per Phil’s request, a small family memorial has already been held.

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