When Wilber E Phillips was born on 8 June 1919, in Colebrook, Ashtabula, Ohio, United States, his father, Harry Emery Phillips, was 42 and his mother, Ona Margurite Blacker, was 29. He married Burnell Elizabeth Fife in 1941, in Cherry Valley, Ashtabula, Ohio, United States. He died on 28 June 1944, in Anzio, Roma, Lazio, Italy, at the age of 25.
English, Dutch, North German, and Jewish (western Ashkenazic): patronymic from the personal name Philip . In North America, this surname has also absorbed cognates from other languages (see Philips ).