George Anthony Phifer
George Anthony Phifer
  • January 6, 1929 - August 7, 2017
  • Austin, Texas

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George Anthony Phifer of Austin, Texas passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 7, 2017 of heart issues after an extensive day of outside activities. He was 88 years of age.
George was born January 6, 1929 to Mr. and Mrs. George E. Phifer (Annie Alice Malecki) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He left Wisconsin in 1946 to join the United States Army Air Corps. He served proudly and spoke often of his experiences; one being when he met his future wife at a YWCA dance in Austin, Texas. His last assignment was with the 27th Fighter Wing at Bergstrom AFB. He and Johnnie B. Frazier, of San Marcos, TX were married on October 14, 1949 at Mary's Cathedral in downtown Austin.
Seeking a career in Austin, George tried his hand at several sales jobs before joining the Austin Police Department on November 2, 1953 as a patrol officer and retired on December 31, 1992 wile serving as Chief of Police after 39 years of service to the City of Austin.
George is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 68 years, Johnnie, and their four children; Georgia Johnson and husband Ron, Christine Houghton and husband Jon, William Phifer and wife Janis, Craig Phifer and wife Cheryl; seven grandchildren: Christopher Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson Lee, Jessica Houghton Hake, Ryan Houghton, Anne Houghton, Olivia Phifer- Combs and Grant Phifer; and twelve great grandchildren; Annika and Micheal Lee, Sadie, Orlando, Teddy and Ada Hake, Broden and Eli Houghton, Alexander, Christian and Matthew Johnson and Matthew Combs.
George's wishes were to have a small but dignified funeral with the Austin Police Department Honor Guard presence. His named honorary pallbearers were Harvey Gann, Don Doyle (deceased), Rennie Dunn, Ernie Hinkle, and Oliver Houston (deceased) and all retired and present members of the Austin Police Department. A funeral Mass to celebrate the life of George Anthony Phifer was observed on Wednesday August 9, 2017 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, with Fr. Larry Covington officiating. Interment was at Assumption Cemetery in Austin, Texas on Saturday, August 26, 2017.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please send any contributions to the Austin Cops for Charities.