Philip D Junkins 1927-2011

Philip Dexter10 Junkins (Raymond D.9, Dexter E.8, Samuel C.7, Thomas J.6, Samuel J.5, Samuel4, Joseph3, Alexander2, Robert1), Las Vegas, NV, passed away at his home with his wife and family, September 11, 2011. He was born April 27, 1927 in Cleveland Heights, OH. He was the son of Raymond D. and Alta (Young) Junkins and was a resident of southern Nevada since 1989.

As an attorney, he specialized in patent, trademark and intellectual property protection and had practiced as a patent and trademark attorney since 1960. He served as CFO and director of TiMesh, Inc., Las Vegas, NV; president and patent counsel, SpectraSonex, Inc., Los Angeles, CA; and president and director, Vitredent Corp., Los Angeles, CA.

Mr. Junkins was licensed to practice law with the New York Bar Association, the United States Patent and Trademark Office and was a licensed professional engineer in Ohio and the State of New York.

His memberships include: The American Society for Testing and Materials; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas; Governor's Cabinet, past lieutenant governor, Kiwanis, California, Nevada and Hawaii; district and secretary/director of Ohio State University Alumni Club of Las Vegas. In 1998-99, Mr. Junkins was named Distinguished Lieutenant Governor, Kiwanis California, Nevada and Hawaii district; and in 1997-98 Kiwanian of the year, Kiwanis Division 28 Southern Nevada.

His creative works include: U.S. Patent Multi-Capacitor Fluid Level Sensor, 1983 and U.S. Patent Multiple Capacitor Transducer, 1984. Mr. Junkins attended Ohio State University and received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering, 1946-51; the New York University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1954-56; and Columbia University Business School Master of Business Administration, 1968-70. Mr. Junkins served in the United States Navy as a Seamon 1st Class 1945-46.

He is survived by his wife, Syliva, a brother Alan, three children: Kevin, Steven and Kellie; five grandchildren: Jessica, Raymond, Heidi, Kimberly and Melissa; and one great-grandchild, Natalie.

The Great Matador Has Taken Flight

We will miss you, my good friend.
By David A. Dwyer, Principal, Dwyer Engineering, Inc.

It's with a painful heart that I'm here today to say good-bye to Phil Junkins, but I'm honored to be here and tell you more about this wonderful man and his career as a Kiwanian.

Phil and I first met in 1996 at the end of my de-installation banquet as Division 28's Lieutenant Governor where he approached me to let me know how much he enjoyed the installation. Most people think these occasions are downright boring, if you don't believe me, just ask my wife!! I knew right away this was a rare bird. Phil liked Kiwanis, I just didn't know how much. Two years later we were attending his installation as Lieutenant Governor of Division 28. And a year later he was honored by induction into the Lieutenant Governors' Hall of Fame. Phil loved Kiwanis.

Phil got busy and joined several committees and the Governors cabinet at the District level.

The Kiwanis Clubs of Southern Nevada also has an award named after Phil, the "Philip Junkins award to an outstanding Kiwanian." Phil had raised thousands of dollars for the foundation.

I asked Phil when he was going to run for CNH Governor. He replied, "If I was only 10 years younger I'd do it." He would have been a great Governor of Kiwanis.

Phil and I met again when we were both elected to the CNH Foundation board of directors.

That's when the fun began. When you're on the Foundation Board, you go to meetings, and more meeting up and down the states of California and Nevada. We always drove to these meetings with the women in the back seat gossiping while Phil and I solved all of Kiwanis' problems several times over.

During the Foundation meetings, Phil was always short, blunt and to the point. There was no question where he stood on any issue. He came across as somewhat a tough guy, but I knew he was forceful and big hearted.

When we were ending our terms on the Foundation, after 6 years, we were given the opportunity to organize the annual Gala Dinner for the Foundation. This event had a history of never making any money. Phil went into action and with a huge amount of help from our wives, the event made about $20,000, a record that still stands.

Phil and Syliva were devoted Kiwanians reading to students at the elementary school down the street from their house. They also opened their home and the Spanish Oaks club house to Kiwanis board meetings, committee meetings, division meetings, and any other Kiwanis meeting every month for 16 years. Phil was a true Kiwanian. He lived his life devoted to the object of Kiwanis.

Phil gave primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than the material values of life. He encouraged the daily living of the golden rule. He promoted the adoption and the application of higher social, business and professional standards.

He developed, by adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards. He developed, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship. He provided through Kiwanis clubs, a practicable means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and build better communities.

And finally, he encouraged creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and goodwill. Matador Phil was nis moniker and when I learned of his passing, I thought: The Great Matador Has Taken Flight." We will miss you my good friend.

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