Ret. Lt. Col. Phillip Jon D'Amico, 62, of Marquette, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at Cedars Health Care Center, McPherson.


Ret. Lt. Col. Phillip Jon D'Amico, 62, of Marquette, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at Cedars Health Care Center, McPherson.
Phil was born on Sept. 6, 1949, in McPherson, the son of the late Donald “Don” Frederick  and Betty Leah (McElderry) D’Amico.
He attended McPherson public schools and graduated from McPherson High School in 1967. He graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1972 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Phil was a graduate of Command and General Staff College, Ft Leavenworth.
He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of McPherson.
Phil served in the U.S. Army retiring as a LTC. He flew Chinook helicopters and volunteered for rescue missions in Alaska. Phil received the following medals and badges: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Expert Marksmanship Badges Rifle, M-16, M-14, Expert Marksmanship Badges Pistol, 45 Cal, 38 Cal, Parachutist Badge, Senior Aviator Badge.
He served for three years as commander of two separate aviation companies. He developed, implemented and maintained logistical support for U.S. forces deployed during wartime to the Central European Theater of War. He conducted multinational negotiations for the mutual sustainment of wartime forces deployed in the Central European Theater. He performed duties as contracting officer representative for Headquarters United State Army Europe for two Reforger Exercises. Phil established and fostered favorable relationships with the Belgium and West German Ministries of Defense, greatly enhancing the conduct of training exercises in those countries.
After retiring from the army, Phil worked for McPherson County, bred and trained German short hair dogs, and was a guide for the Barrel Springs Hunt Club.
Phil was a past president and member of the Sunflower German Shorthaired Pointer Club.
Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Ann D'Amico of Meridian, Idaho; his son, Phillip Michael (Tawnia) D'Amico of Winchester, Va.; his sister, Mary (Randy) Thompson of Lansing; two brothers, Mike (Linda) D'Amico of McPherson, and Larry (Tammy) D'Amico of Pittsburg; two granddaughters, Chloe and Alyssa; a grandson, Phillip Ryan; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Lanette M. D'Amico.
Friends are invited to call from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday with family present from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Rosary will follow at 6:30 p.m. at Glidden-Ediger Chapel, McPherson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, McPherson, with Fr. Dwight Birket officiating.
Private family disposition of the cremated remains will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Phil D'Amico Memorial Fund in care of Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid St., McPherson, KS 67460.