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Dina R. Philips, born Dina Ruth Bastin on July 22, 1926, in Indianapolis, passed away Monday, April 6, 2015, at Brookdale Place in Indianapolis.. Dina was part of “the greatest generation,” marrying at the age of 15 during World War II. She lived in Bangor, Maine, while husband, Roy, flew cargo planes to Europe. After the war, Dina entered the world of radio and TV, working for both WIBC and WFBM broadcasting in Indianapolis. After her husband died suddenly in 1966, Dina went to work for the government at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. Working in the relatively new field with computers, Dina held a top-secret clearance while providing the Army with statistics and data needed to plan for contingencies that might be required in national defense.. Dina is survived by nephews, Stephen Bailey of Noblesville and Donald Copeland of West Palm Beach, Florida; and niece, Cheri Sherwell of Florida. She will be greatly missed by her remaining family.. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Guy Philips Jr.; her parents, John Bastin and Artie Micie Fitzwater; siblings, Max Bastin, Evelyn Copeland, and Wanda Bailey; a half-brother, Orville Brock; and two half-sisters, Madge Hess and Nola Kendall.. There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Friday, April 10. Dina will be laid to rest at Memorial Park Cemetery, 9350 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, alongside her husband. Flanner and Buchanan-Zionsville was entrusted with arrangements.. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Essential Tremor Foundation, http://www.essentialtremor.org.
Published on  April 10, 2015
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