Charles "Charlie" Philipp '58 May 20, 2022 2:54 PM updated: May 20, 2022 2:57 PM
Charles "Charlie" William Philipp
October 31, 1935 - May 16, 2022
Charles “Charlie” William Philipp was born October 31, 1935, near Archer City, Texas, to William Carl and Augusta Philipp. He is the youngest of eight children.
Charlie began his education in a one-room schoolhouse in Elbert, Texas. The family moved to Clifton, Texas at the beginning of the 5th grade, where he finished high school. At Clifton HS he was active in sports and the FFA president. Charlie attended Texas A&M in 1954. He worked for a year after his sophomore year to earn money to return to college. He finished in 1959, with a Bachelor of Science in Range Management. On December 4th, 1959, Charlie entered the Army as a 2nd Lt, in the armor section at Ft. Knox, Kentucky.
Charlie returned to Texas late December where he married Maureen “Bunnie” Burns, his true love, on December 23rd, 1959. While in the army, he advanced through Officer training. After training in Ft. Knox for Armor Officer Communication School, he and Bunnie returned to Ft. Hood where their son Charles ”Chuck” Jr. was born, November 1, 1960.
He was extended during the Berlin crisis in 1961 and served until April 9th, 1962. Charlie was honorably discharged on that day and moved to Humble, Texas and took over an insurance agency owned by his father-in-law. He soon took over full ownership and sold the business in 1983.
Bunnie delivered a beautiful daughter, Martha, on October 25th, 1962, in Houston, Texas.
Charlie was one of the founders of what is now The Lone Star College and served 15 years as a Trustee.
Charlie was active in First Methodist Church of Humble and held most offices in the church. He served as President of Humble Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Humble Lions Club serving in various offices and in Lions District 2-S2 of Texas holding many offices including District Governor. Charlie served 3 years as President of the Texas Lions Eye Bank in Houston and 6 years on the Board of Directors of the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville including President in 1991-92. He also served on the board of the Port Royal Resort in Port Aransas, Texas.
Charlie and Bunnie moved to Pearland in May 1988, where he bought an insurance agency and operated it until 2002 when he retired.
Meals on Wheels was another of the many organizations he served. Charlie also loved fishing, gardening and watching Texas A&M football.
He is preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Martha Maureen Pollock. He is survived by his wife Bunnie Philipp; son Charles William Philipp Jr; grandchildren Virginia Maureen Philipp, Sarah Elaine Graef, Ryan Charles Philipp, Stephanie Christine Rennie and Ashley Kathryn Philipp; great-grandchildren Alice Rosalie Rennie, Charlotte Maureen Graef and Alistair Charles Ellson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution to First United Methodist Church Pearland, REACH campaign or Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, TX.
A memorial service for Charlie will be held on Wednesday, May 25th, at 3:00 pm, with Pastor Reggie Clemons officiating, at First United Methodist Church, in Pearland, Texas.