Phillip Dean Kizer was born December 22, 1950 in Claremore, Oklahoma, to Tillman and Wilma (Collins) Kizer. He passed from this life on September 5, 2020, at the age of 69, with his sisters by his side.
He attended school at Sequoyah and following his graduation, Phillip enlisted in the US Army. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. When Phillip was honorably discharged from the Army, he returned to his home in Claremore. He worked for many companies before starting his own business as a mechanic and welder.
In 2001, after the death of his mother, he became a caregiver to his father, taking great care of him. He was also a proud supporter of the Relay for Life with his sisters, forming the Wilma's Angel's team. Many didn't know he was part of the team because he was a quiet and simple man, helping others in many ways, but never wanting any recognition.
In his spare time he loved to raise a garden full of fresh vegetables, always ready to share with family and friends. He also raised chickens, and even had one that would lay him an egg for breakfast at the back door every morning. These were also shared with family and friends.
He was known as Papa to many, especially the children of Happy Feet Daycare. He made sure every child had cupcakes and ice cream on their birthday.
Some say he was a little ornery at times, but if you ask his sisters, "he was the best brother you could ask for", always looking out for them. He loved to take the nieces and nephews shopping or just surprising them with something he knew they liked.
Phillip was preceded in death by his parents Tillman and Wilma Kizer; brother Michael Kizer; and great-nephews Abram Lewis and Montana Dennis.
Phillip is survived by his sisters Dorothy Dennis and husband Jack, Cathy Kizer, Ellen Yates and husband Lenny, and Tina Kizer, all of Claremore, and Peggy Griffin and husband Andy of Yale; numerous nieces and nephews; and cousins Rex and Jeanna Collins of Pryor and Roger Collins of Nowata.
Services are pending.