September 12, 1948 ~ October 12, 2021 (age 73)


Byron Paul Phillips, 73, died on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings.  He was born September 12th, 1948, to Ellis Bradley Phillips and Isabel Shipman Phillips. He joined brother Greg (age 2) and was followed two years later by brother Dale.


He was raised in Libby and attended Libby High School where he played basketball and football. He also played Legion Baseball and enjoyed skiing. He graduated in 1966 and attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA for a short time. After leaving PLU he joined the Army. He attended basic infantry training and airborne school and was sent to Vietnam with the 1-50 Mechanized Battalion, 173 Airborne Brigade. He was in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969.


He returned home to Libby and married Linda Finlayson on September 12th, 1970. On September 22nd, 1975, they welcomed a son, Kenneth James to the family, followed by a daughter, Lisa Lee, on July 23rd, 1977. He was extremely proud of the military service of both of his children and now his oldest grandson.


Byron loved anything outdoors or sports-related. He fished, golfed, and was an avid skier since he was a small child. He played volleyball, basketball, and was a standout softball pitcher who competed in softball tournaments both locally and regionally. He also coached his son and daughter's Little League teams and loved being a member of the Logger Football chain gang for nearly 30 years.

After retiring he enjoyed helping friends with building projects, taking road trips with various friends and painting crosses with other VFW Members.


He loved his six grandchildren. He cherished his time watching them play sports and was proud of all of their accomplishments.


He was preceded in death by his parents Brad and Isabel Phillips and older brother Greg Phillips.

Byron is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda; children Kenneth Phillips(Gina) and Lisa Phillips; grandchildren Darius, Siane, Latasha (Lisa); Matthew, Lincoln, and Harper (Kenneth and Gina); brother Dale Phillips; sister-in-law Carol Phillips (Greg), sister-in-law June Upchurch, step-brother Jeff Gruber; nieces and nephews Paul, Tyler, and Miesha (Dale); Mark, Jance, Jeremy (Carol and Greg) and April (June).


Services will be held on October 23, 2021 at 11 am at the Libby Christian Church. In lieu of flowers or gifts please make donations to Turner Mountain at PO Box 210, Libby, MT  59923.  Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at

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Memorial Service
October 23, 2021

11:00 AM
Libby Christian Church
100 Kootenai River Rd
Libby, MT 59923

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