Collin Wade Phillippi went to be with Jesus on Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 at the age of 29.
Collin was born on May 13th, 1992 in Lewisville, Texas. He is the son of Jeff and Angie Phillippi and the brother of Josh and Sarah Phillippi. He grew up in Pawhuska, Oklahoma where he developed a love for the outdoors on the land surrounding his family home. He spent countless hours hunting deer and arrowheads, fishing, and shooting there.
Collin graduated from Pawhuska High School in 2011 where he first discovered an interest in Spanish. That interest later developed into a passion for the language he became fluent in that was fueled by Dominican music.
Collin has always possessed the heart of a warrior, so it is only fitting that he became a Marine on 10, November, 2011. The one thing Jeff and Angie asked was that he not go infantry. So, in true Collin style, he did exactly that. He selected infantry as his MOS. He was trained to shoot 81-millimeter mortars while stationed in Hawaii, Japan, Thailand, and South Korea. Collin excelled in his military career and was asked to become a Marine Security Guard where he served in the Marine Security Augmentation Unit guarding embassies in the Ukraine, South Sudan, and other war-torn locations. He finished out his military career serving on Embassy Duty in Algeria, and the Dominican Republic.
After his military service he was selected to become part of Ross Perot’s security detail at Hillwood in Dallas, Texas. But as we all know, Collin was not a city boy at heart, so he returned to his love of nature and to his grandparents’ hometown of Eufaula, to a job that was tailor-made for him. As a Wildlife Control Specialist for the state of Oklahoma, he got to combine outdoors, adrenaline, and hunting as a career. He excelled early on and was asked to train to do his work from helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. This career was perfect for his personality.
Collin was an adventurer who wanted to travel to every continent. Most recently, he visited Peru, leaving only Antarctica and Australia on his bucket list of places to visit.
Collin loved history, genealogy, study of his Nordic heritage, and campfires. He couldn’t get enough of Nana’s dirt cake and Grammy and Grandpa’s coffee. In recent years, Collin developed a deep love for his family. Sitting on porches visiting with loved ones was one of his favorite things to do.
He was inquisitive about things of God and spent time studying the Bible to get answers for himself.
His humor was as dark as his eyes, and his love of shock value as big as his voice. He loved to make people laugh. He lived out loud and embraced who he was with abandon.
Loving family members include his parents, Jeff and Angie, brother and sister-in-law, Josh and Kendall and their children Cheyenne, Avary, and Jackson Beau. Sister, Sarah. Grandparents – Don and Sally Stites and Larry and Karen Phillippi. His Aunt Cindy and Uncle Chuck, and cousins Chloe and Cailin as well as many more family members and friends who adore him.
Collin Phillippi’s Celebration of Life will be at 2:00PM on Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 at First Baptist Church, 302 East 6th Street, Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Please dress casually to honor our informal guy.
Instead of flowers, send a gift in memory of Collin to Pawhuska Life Church PO Box 1237 Pawhuska, OK. 74056, or First Baptist Church, 301 E 6th, Pawhuska, OK 74056.