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Wendell Crane Phillippi

  • Birth 4 Jul 1918 Zionsville, Boone County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 12 Jul 2003 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
  • Plot Sec: 7, Lot: 5
  • Memorial ID 45995046

Indianapolis Star
July 14, 2003

Wendell Crane Phillippi, Newspaperman, military leader, author, civic leader, husband and father categorize the life of Wendell Crane Phillippi.

A native Hoosier, he bagan his newspaper career with the Indianapolis News as a carrier while in the sixth grade. While in high school, he wrote for the Zionsville Times, and later at Indiana University was editor of the Indiana Daily Student. After his graduation from IU, he joined the staff of the News.

One year later, in 1941, he was drafted into the United States Army. During his four and one-half years in the Army he served with the 36th Infrantry Division in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany, earning the Silver Star, Combat Infrantry Badge, Bronze Star for Valor and Cluster for meritorious service, and the Purple Heart in seven compaigns and two invasions.

Following World War II, General Phillippi returned to the News, serving in various editorial positions until 1962 when he was named Managing Editor. During his 22 years as Managing Editor, the News successfully campaigned for a number of major downtown projects. In 1951, he formulated a plan for the north-south one-way streets in Indianapolis, which was approved by the administration of then Mayor Phillip Bayt. In 1955, he organized the campaign to save the Indianapolis Indians baseball club. His cartoon creation, Herman Hoglebogle, appeared daily on the back page of the news and answered questions from readers of the News on a variety of local topics.

During these years, General Phillippi served in the Indiana Army National Guard, becoming Commanding General of the 38th Division, with two star rank.

He was elected president of the national Associated Press Managing Editors in 1971 and served on numerous comittees for the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He served on a number of local civic boards and was a founding Board member of the Indianapolis Urban League. General Phillippi left the News in 1984 and wrote a book on World War II, called "Dear Ike". Writer Kurt Vonnegut hailed the book as "the best, authoritative, personalized book on World War II that he had read". General Phillippi also helped edit books for The Columbian Club ("If Tables Could Talk"), the American Legion, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and Trinity Episcopal Church (where he was Senior Warden at the time).

General Phillippi and his wife, Georgiana, who died in 1978, had two children, Frank and Ann. He married Barbara Caniff Howden in 1980. They have six children and 13 grandchildren. Survivors: Wife, Barbara; son, Frank; daughter, Ann Perry; stepsons, Michal Howden and Marc Howden; stepdaughters; Miranda Biber, and Michele Sanders.

Calling: Tuesday, July 15; 4-7p.m. Services: Wednesday, July 16, at 11a.m. both at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3243 North Meridian Street. Arrangements entrusted to Church and Community.
From the Retired Guardian a quarterly newsletter published by the Military Department of Indiana, Issue # 33, October 1, 2003.

Major General Wendell C. Phillippi, age 85, Commanding General of the 38th Infantry Division from January 1959 to February 1963, passed away July 12, 2003.

General Phillippi was inducted in World War II and served in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. He was appointed in the Indiana Army National Guard July 29, 1947 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

He was active in community affairs, serving as Vice President of the 500 Festival Committee and Managing Editor of the Indianapolis News from 1962 until his retirement in 1984.

Our thoughts and prayers to out to his family and friends.

Family Members

Gravesite Details burial: JUL 16,2003





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