Phillip V. Williams

Phillip V. Williams, 92, passed away on May 22, 2023 in Friendswood, Texas. He was born in 1931 in New Mexico to Esther and Ted Williams. Phil is survived by Ardis, his wife of almost 70 years; daughter, Kim; son, Steven (Karen); four grandchildren; three great grandchildren and numerous family members and friends.

When his nation called, Phil answered by joining the Army. He earned an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines and worked as an Aerospace Engineer for NASA for many years until his retirement. He had a passion for cars, hunting, traveling, computers, family and friends.

Phil died at home surrounded by family. The family was blessed to have loved and been loved by him for all of this time.

A memorial will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023, from 4:00-6:00pm at Crowder Funeral Home, 111 W Medical Center Blvd., Webster Texas 77598.


  1. Phil was a mentor that made my time at NASA more enjoyable, and along with Ardis became my 2nd parents; a special friendship that was truly appreciated. And, he was for a short time my landlord too, although it did come with some extra work tasks. The Sunday dinners during football season while Phil enjoyed a cigar and some whiskey will always be one of the many fond memories. And although you will be missed, you made a difference for so many that you have a legacy that will not be forgotten.

    Paul & Jodie Rodrian
  2. Very saddened to hear of Phil’s passing. Phil was my group leader soon after I went to work at NASA Landing and Recovery Division in 1967 and for several years thereafter. Phil was both an excellent engineer and leader, and he also taught me the informal rules of working in a large organization where responsibility and friendship come together. I remember especially our deployment to the Cape supporting preparation for launch recovery contingencies on Apollo 11. Phil and his lovely wife Ardis frequently had us over to their house in Clear Lake City for dinner, and they were always kind and helpful to us when we were just starting our family. We will always remember their friendship as a happy time.

    Michael Ward and Karen Burns, Cambridgeshire England.

    Michael Ward & Karen Burns
  3. Although it has been a long time since I have seen Phil, I have great memories of the times I shared with Phil and Ardis. They were both so supportive of two young NASA interns (Paul Rodrian and me) by letting use rent a place from them and having us over for some home cooked meals. Phil and I shared some good times working on his garage and patio. He is missed! My best to Ardis and the family.

    Paul Lichon

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