Basil H. PHILIPPY
PHILIPPY, Basil H. Basil H. Philippy was born in Waconia, MN August 9, 1925 and died October 10, 2016 in Austin, TX. He lived in Waconia until 1943 when he enlisted in the Coast Guard. He spent 2 1/2 years on North Atlantic convoy duty, making eleven round trips before heading to the Pacific theater. In 2005, his ship, the Howard D Crow, was finally given credit for the 1945 sinking of the U-869, a German U-Boat sixty miles off the New Jersey coast. After the war he returned to Minnesota, became an accountant and began working for the IRS. He transferred to Washington, D.C. in 1956 where he spent 30 years at IRS headquarters. During the Eisenhower years he was instrumental in writing the tax law that implemented the Interstate Highway system and Highway Trust Fund. He was active in the Boy Scouts while his sons were growing up. In 1989 he moved to Austin and married Ginny Bliss. He was active with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives); LAMP, UT's continuing education program; and Friendship Force. Through Friendship Force they traveled the world and hosted numerous international guests. Basil was preceded in death by his parents Rose and Alphonse Philippy; his infant son, David; his first wife Marilyn Philippy Draper; his brother Harold and wife, Marie and sisters, Lois Fox and Dolores Weinzirel. He is survived by his wife Ginny; sister Rosemarie Sorenson of Waconia; brother, Alphonse and wife, Ginee of New Jersey; and two sons, Paul and wife, Daria and their sons, Paul Jr. and David of Virginia; Steven and wife Terry and their son Jason of Virginia; and Ginny's children, Katie Bliss, Rick Bliss and Susan Bliss and her grandchildren, Shad , Aaron, Sarah, Carrie, Laura, Ricky, Bobby, Jack, Heather, Christine and Melissa. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Louis Catholic Church on Monday, October 17 at 10:30 AM. Burial will be November 4 at Ft. Snelling in Minnesota. In lieu of flowers please contribute to Austin Hospice or the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
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