Phil D. Cate, Jr.

  • Born: June 12, 1951
  • Died: April 17, 2014
  • Location: Jefferson City, Missouri

Lincoln Land Cremation Society

917 S. 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Tel. (217) 523-4646

Tribute & Message From The Family

Phil DeAnguera Cate, Jr., 62, of Jefferson City, MO, passed away unexpectedly on April 17, 2014 as the result of a heart attack in Springfield, IL while assigned as Quality Manager on a construction project for URS Corporation.

Phil was born June 12, 1951 in Cleveland, TN, the son of Phil DeAnguera and Helen Fitzgerald Cate.

Phil was a graduate of Cleveland High School and Cleveland State Community College. He proudly served his country in the United States Army, serving as a military police officer in Korea. Phil was a 40-year member of The American Legion Post 81 in Cleveland, Tennessee and was also a member of The American Legion Post 5 in Jefferson City, MO. He worked for the Tennessee Department of Transportation for several years early in his career and then URS Corporation for 35 years. Phil was a loving and devoted brother, brother-in-law and uncle, good friend to many across the country, a faithful University of Tennessee Volunteers fan, avid fisherman and a huge NASCAR fan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Patrick Thomas Cate; and one sister, Pauline Cate.

He is survived by one brother, Mike (wife, Mary Lou) Cate of Lone Tree, CO; two beloved nephews, Michael Jason (wife, Tammy) Cate and Tanner Barrett (wife, Rebecca) Cate; four great-nieces; one great-nephew; and lifelong friend, Tommy Kimsey.

Cremation was accorded by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project in the name of Phil D. Cate - A memorial service at the Broad Street United Methodist Church in Cleveland, TN will be arranged at a future date.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Although technically he was not our uncle, we still called him Uncle Phil as he was an uncle to us in all meaning of the words. We were only around him a handful of times but during those times we loved his gentle and caring demeanor. I always felt more peaceful when he was around and when I think of him I always picture him smiling. Not sure if there have been many people on this planet more considerate of other people than Phil and I feel extremely grateful for having the opportunity to cross paths with him. He will be deeply missed yet I'm glad that my memory of him will always make me smile...just like he was always doing!

Posted by Gavin Weber - San Diego, CA - Friend   April 28, 2014

Phil was such a nice person. We had a class together in high school, although he was a year behind me. He was funny, friendly. I was glad that we shared that class and I had to opportunity to become a friend. I am sure he will be missed by many. My sincere sympathy is extended to his family.

Posted by Jennifer Wattenbarger - North Myrtle Beach, SC - high school friend   April 25, 2014

Phil was a lovely man and a lifelong friend to my husband, Clark who recently passed away. A couple of days after Clark's death, Phil was knocking on my door. Tommy and Vicki Kimsey were with him and he sat in Clark's chair while we all shared tears, memories, and laughter. He told me, "I had to come". That gesture was one of loyalty and love and one day we'll sit and talk again-a different time and place.
Love, Twana

Posted by Twana McDaniel - Cleveland, TN - friend   April 25, 2014


Dear Mike, Jason and Tanner,

My only wish now is that I was there to give you each a hug and listen as you shared memories of Uncle Phil over the years. While I wasn't lucky enough to have had him in my life for as long as each of you, I was blessed to have him for a time. Uncle Phil's loving heart and spirit was always felt before he entered a room...and can still be felt even now. I always liked how his eyes twinkled and his face lit up when he shared stories of Jason and Tanner growing up and the wonderful times you all had together.

While we won't see his eyes twinkle or face light up again in this life I hold on to the peace and knowing that we all will again someday. Until that happens I hope you each can find some comfort knowing that there is a sweet Angel Phil watching over you all.

And while his absence will be felt the most in your lives, it will also be felt in all of the people out there who were lucky to have known him as well...and I am one of those people.

Sending each of you, via Angel delivery, hugs and love always...

Posted by Kristye McCloud - Lancaster, PA - "niece"-in-law   April 25, 2014

Phil was like a brother to me growing up in Cleveland. It was me, Phil, Tommy and Jimmy Schrader all most daily at the my house, waiting on Mama to fix something good to eat. He would play army in the backyard with my younger brother and his friends. Phil was kind, fun and always had a story to tell. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Tommy will miss him a lot. RIP my old dear friend.

Posted by Natalie Ray Wilkinson - Kennewick, WA - dear old friend   April 25, 2014

Phil is a soft spoken,friends, co-worker and stock market enthusiast. We discuss stocks and stock market in great length and he was very passionate stock investor. I missed his passionate discussion with him, Rest In Peace Phil, you are in a better place.

Posted by Hok Lay Tjhang - Columbia, MO - Co-worker at Weldon Spring Remed   April 24, 2014


I was deeply saddened by the news of Phil's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Phil's family during this time of sorrow. Like many of those who have left tributes to Phil, I too worked with him at the Weldon Spring Site. Phil always had a smile and a kind word for his co-workers. He had a generous spirit and a kind heart and he always gave generously to the various fund raisers that I was involved in. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Posted by Sherryl Rae Craig - St. Charles, MO - Co-worker   April 24, 2014

I'll miss you Phil! You were a great co-worker & friend. Always made time to talk and you always helped me out. I will always remember your office with Vol stuff every where.

The one memory that sticks with me most is the big group that went accross the river to the horse track for Kentucky Derby Day. That was so much fun and the hope that we would get a group and a large RV and make it to the real think some day. Bye Phil!

Posted by Darlene Smith - Denver, CO - Co-Worker   April 24, 2014

Phil was the best boss I have every had along with his long time assistant Sam Worthy. This man has done nothing but look out for my best intrest while working in his department @ Weldon Spring. I could not think of a more passionate person. I respected his work ethic and dedication to the company.

One thing I am never going to forget about Phil, ..... I am a city boy so I never understand the farm lingo. I was scheduled to get this physical off-site and Gary McKay knew about it. Now Phil knew that I had a strong fear of shots, so he and Gary McKay played this game with me where I was supposed to get a checklist from Saftey to include a bovine imunization shot before returning to work. When I got to Phil to sign off the list he turned all kinds of red trying not to laugh, he couldn't keep the laughter inside.

It had been some years that I spoke to Phil after leaving WSSRAP, but when he called me back in 2012 he asked me did I get my bovine shot (LOL).

Posted by David Still III (No.3) - St. Louis, MO - Co-worker   April 24, 2014

I worked with Phil from the US Department of Energy side (Weldon Springs) and I interacted with him on the many projects associated with hazardous waste removal. As I read the comments of others, I could only nod my head in agreement. Phil always smiled and had such a positive outlook. He could disagree with you, but he always had a smile. I believe a testament to your life is what others say when you are no longer here. Phil will be missed but he left us wonderful memories that will always make us SMILE.

Posted by Angela Pickett - Kansas City, MO - former co-worker   April 24, 2014

We will all miss him. I remember the trips to Lake Tanecomo for trout fishing. He got a group of us together every year to go when we were working at the Weldon Sprins Project. He also loved the Ponies and had favorite jockies at the track.

Posted by Leon Gleason - Bitely, MI - coworker   April 24, 2014

Phil, was a great person to know and work with at Weldon Springs. We talked about Nascar a great deal, we will miss him. Passed to soon....

Joey & Jeanne

Posted by Joey & Jeanne Moses - Flora, IL - Friends   April 24, 2014

I am so sorry to hear of Phil's passing.... We were school sweethearts at one time... I went to his Homecoming and Jr. and Sr. Prom with him... Such a sweet guy.... My Mother thought the world of him too... RIP Phil.....

Posted by Debbie Hughes Carlton - Cleveland, TN - friend   April 24, 2014


Phil was a GOOD guy and great to work for! We had good times trout fishing and going to ballgames.

Posted by sam worthy - O'Fasllon, MO - friend and co-worker   April 24, 2014

Dear Mike and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Phil was robbed of the fruits of retirement. I am sure he was looking forward to future fishing days.
His warm and kind personality was shared with all of us each day. He and I kept in touch throughout the years via eMail.

The funniest memory I have with Phil, was when we would meet up at the Horse Race track in Illinois. I studied the jockey history and would place a bet accordingly. HE would do math equations and used facts and figuresgreat lengths all to place a bet. He'd just shake his head in amazement, if I won.

We are all blessed for having Phil cross our path in life, his spirit endures in all of our hearts, I am sure!

~Metha Sizemore

Posted by Metha Sizemore - O'Fallon, MO - co-worker from Weldon Spring   April 24, 2014

I had known Phil D most of my young life. He was a very special friend. We lost touch with each other after high school, but I always had great thoughts and memories of him. I do know he is on a better place and will be sadly missed by all that knew him.

Posted by Linda Tinsley Carroll - Cleveland, TN - Friend   April 24, 2014

Phil was my cousin and a good friend. I was looking forward to when he retired so we could hang out some on the river. He was a great guy who always made your day better when you spent time with him. I am so glad he came in a few months ago and I got to see him.

Posted by Joe Cate - cleveland, TN - cousin   April 24, 2014

Phil and I shared many challenges at work through the years, and we would always find that right sollution to fix the problem. Phil knew how to find that middle ground and get the job done, even with some of the more diificult people we worked with. I will always remember the great times fishing with Phil and some late night stories, the later it got, the more imporatnt we all became. A sense of humor and smile Phil did have, even when things looked gloomey. I will never forget his willingness to help all of those that needed help and guidance. I look forward to meeting up you again Phil, I know I will never forget you. Until then my Friend. Mike Maier

Posted by Michael J. Maier - Boise, ID - Friend   April 24, 2014


Mike & Family; those of us who knew Phil will never forget his laugh and warm personality. I worked with Phil for quite a while back at the Weldon Springs Site and he was always helpful, cheerful, and just a great person to be around. He was always full of energy and spoke often of how much he loved catching trout below the dam at Lake Tannycomo.

I pray that God will comfort you and your family with his Holy Spirit in your loss.

God Bless,

Posted by Gary McKay - Wellington, CO - Co-worker, Friend   April 24, 2014


So sorry to hear of Phil's passing. He was a good man and I knew I could always rely on him. Still working... I feel he was robbed of his retirement and am sorry for that.

I know you will remember him every time you fish that lake in Tennessee.


Posted by Jim Powers - Yuma,, AZ - Co-Worker, friend, admirer.   April 23, 2014

Phil sat close to me when we worked at the Weldon Spring Site in St. Charles, MO. We shared many great conversation and lots of laughs. He was a wonderful and kind man. Among them was his desire to one day retire in Tennessee. He will be missed by many. I was so sad to hear he had passed away and will always remember him. God bless and rest in peace.

Posted by Marilyn Willis - Saint Peters, MO - Friend and coworker   April 23, 2014

I worked with Phil on a number of projects. He always had a smile. Phil will always be in my memory. I pray that the Lord will take him and give him an eternity of happiness. My thoughts and prayers are with Phil and his family and know that he will always be a wonderful memory for me.

Posted by jim jensen - Maricopa, AZ - co-worker   April 23, 2014

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
Rest in Peace my Friend

Posted by Jerry Grubbs - Belton, KY - Friend   April 23, 2014

I'm so sorry to hear of Phil's passing. Gone too soon. I have many good memories of good times with Phil D., and friends. Though I haven't seen Phil in years, I've thought about him many times over the years. He was a great friend to many, and will be missed by all.FtT5a

Posted by BJ Allen - Cleveland, TN - Friend   April 23, 2014

So sorry to hear of Phil's passing. He was a great guy, always friendly and helpful. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Posted by JT Lemons - Benton, TN - friend   April 23, 2014

Dear Mike and family,
Phil's passing came as a great shock to me. We hadn't been in contact for several years, but I held Phil in my heart as a close and dear friend. May God comfort your grief in his loss. I pray that Phil now rests in eternal peace as he has entered into God's Glorious Kingdom.
With much sadness, Gene

Posted by Gene Norfleet - Cleveland, TN - Old friend   April 23, 2014