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Mr. and Mrs. Carleton L. Phillippi

These Zionsville Alumni Association Soaring Eagle Hall Of Fame recipients are well known by many of us, especially me with us being family friends and neighbors for over 60 years.

From his election as president of the Zionsville High School Class of 1934, until his death on March 6, l989, Carleton L. Phillippi was a popular and contributing member of the Zionsville community. He was the son of Jesse and Bernice Brock Phillippi and was born on January 11, 1916. He had bother Wendell Phillippi, Class of 1936,

His lovely wife of 51 years, Aletha Hill, was also a 12 year Senior of Zionsville High School, Class of 1936. Their family consisted of daughters, Peggy Elzey, Class of 1959; Roberta Parks, Class of 1962; and the late Carla Phillippi, Class of 1972; son in law's Tom Elzey, Class of 1958 and Jay Parks; and two grandchildren, John and Laura Lynn Parks. Aletha was the daughter of Fred and Inez Hill and born on March 24, 1918 and had brother Robert Hill, Class of 1933.

Mr. Phillippi studied at Indiana University, Central Business College, and the Indiana College of Mortuary Science, graduating in 1937 and entering the family business, Phillippi Funeral Home. He was appointed and then elected Eagle Township Trustee in 1949, and during his 10-year tenure had responsibility for the school system, poor relief, township library, assessing and other Eagle Township Trustee duties.

 

 
 

Eagle Elementary School and the Fifth Street Varsity Gym were constructed while he was at the helm. After the Phillippi Funeral Home was sold to Flanner & Buchanan, Mr.Phillippi became a retail merchant, first working for Cruse & Co. who owned variety stores in Zionsville and Beech Grove. They later owned the Phillippi 5c-$1 in Brownsburg for three years. He took a position as a field representative for the Indiana Board of Tax Commissioners in 1961, becoming chairman of the commission. When he retired in January, 1981, he had the distinction of having served as chairman longer than anyone else. To quote the February 2, 1979, Indianapolis News article, "Complaints and confusion generated by the statewide reassessment of real estate create problems for assessors, but the "buck" stops at the desk of Carleton Phillippi, chairman of the State Tax Board". He was a member of International Association of Assessing Officers.

Mr. Phillippi joined the Zionsville Volunteer Fire Department in 1943, and served as treasurer of its corporation and was a dispatcher and firefighter. Mr. Phillippi served on the advisory board of the Zionsville Water Utility, the Hussey Memorial Library Board and on the Cable TV Advisory Board. Aletha delivered Meals on Wheels to shut-ins. He was a past president of the Zionsville Lions Club, a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, and a member and past master of Masonic Lodge. They both enjoyed being members of the Zionsville Historical Society and the Zionsville United Methodist Church. He was a amateur photographer and both members of the Republican Party.

He was named Town Crier by the Greater Zionsville Chamber of Commerce in 1987 and a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Otis Bowen in 1979.

Mr. Phillippi fostered the International Lions Clubs objectives to promote the principles of good government and good citizenship, to take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social, and moral welfare of the community, and to encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and to promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works, and private endeavors. His dad Jesse F, Phillippi, first Zionsville Lions Club President and a founding club member in 1930 would definitely be most proud today as well as all their parents.

Aletha attended Indiana Business School, was employed at Zionsville Pitman Moore, special secretary at Eagle Elementary and Zionsville Middle School for at least 20 years. She volunteered her time and talent in Boone County 4-H, fund raising for the Zionsville Volunteer Fire Department and has been a long term member and now Life Member of the Zionsville Woman's Club and Honorary Member of Zionsville Auxiliary Chapter Psi Iota Xi, Alpha Lambda Chapter . To me the closing verse of Psi Iota Xi exemplies Aletha. "It is a noble thing to give cheer to those less fortunate about you. Let us then be of good cheer that the lives of those about us may be enriched".

Prepared by Ralph W. Stacy