Philip Joseph


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Philip Joseph Blais

Mar 11 1924 - Feb 18 2008

Philip Joseph Blais, age 83, of Fairview, Texas passed away February 18, 2008 at his home. He was born March 11, 1924, in Van Nuys, California, the son of Fred and Lucille (Allain) Blais. Phil served his country during World War II in the Army Air Corps. He was a pilot that flew the Berlin Airlift, over 50 combat missions in the B-24 Liberator. Upon his retirement as a Lt. Col from the United States Air Force, he was a well decorated soldier. Phil married Rachel A. Frazier on February 27, 1947, in Ohio. He and Rachel retired to Ft. Myers, Florida upon Phil’s retirement from American Airlines where he was a flight instructor. He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Rachel; daughters, Rebecca Murphy, Catherine (Blais) and Ken Blob, Elise (Blais) and Randy Ramey; sons, Philip T. Blais and Pamela Blais, Jerry and Rosanna Blais; grandchildren, Jason B. and Lindsey Lambertson, Philip T. Blais, Erik. E. Blais, and Rachel M. Blais; and a great-grandson, John Henry Lambertson. He was preceded in death by his son, Gregory F. Blais (1999). A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 23, 2008, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel in Allen, Texas, with Rev. John Bell officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in Philip’s name to the Retina Foundation of the Southwest, 9900 N. Central Expressway, Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75231.
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