He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in mid 1942 and served in the Fleet Marine Corps in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II.
Phil met Pat McMath while stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. They were married Jan. 5, 1947, and moved to Mountain Home. They were blessed with three sons: Phil (Jo), Tim (Linda) and Nick.
Phil had been active in the community, military and political affairs. He twice served as the American Legion Post 26 Commander, State Vice Commander, Rehabilitation Chairman, 3rd District Commander, Life Member DAV, VFW, Elmore County Service Office for 32 years, Civil Defense Director for 14 years, Economic Development Chairman, Elmore County Democratic Chairman and Mayor of the City of Mountain Home.
He was involved in church work, having served twice as Gideon President and Chairman of the Board of the Christian-Baptist Church. He was also active in scouting, boxing and American Legion hardball.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sister. He is survived by his wife, Teresa Slover Gridley, his three sons, 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Per his wishes, a graveside inurnment service will be held in the Hagerman Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2012.
Cremation was under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.