Philip William Athanas

August 13, 1937 - October 27, 2023

08/13/1937 - 10/27/2023

Past Services

Monday November 13, 2023
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Funeral Service
Monday November 13, 2023
1:30 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Monday November 13, 2023
3:00 pm
Forest Lawn Cemetery
8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23505

Philip William Athanas of Virginia Beach went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 27th, 2023. He was born in Cambridge, MA on August 13, 1937. He served on several ships, including the USS Dewey. He was a retired Naval Commander. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Sue; one stepdaughter and one stepson, two daughters, one brother, and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 13th, 2023 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Dr. in Virginia Beach. The funeral service will begin at 1:30 PM, with an hour prior viewing. The graveside service will follow.

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Dale Berning
3 months ago

My condolences to you Sue and your family during this time of sorrow. Phil was a great friend of mine and we always enjoyed talking about military service, the Navy, and world affairs. Beyond that, it was always just nice to have a cup of coffee and enjoy the day and our friendship as like-minded people. May God watch over you Sue and protect your heart. Phil is doing just fine and he will see you in His time. Lots of love.

Paul E. Fletcher
3 months ago

Paul F. Fletcher, YNCS, USN(Ret)

To the family of CDR Athanas. I am sorry for your lost. He was my XO on the USS DETROIT and was one of the finest Executive Officer I had the pleasure to served under. He was kind, and had more common sense than most people. He was loved by his shipmates and had this unique ability to set down have a meaningful conversation with you, no matter what the subject. After my tour on the USS DETROIT we lost contact, and years later he showed up at my retirement ceremony. I know he is in Gods hands. God Bless.

Diane Smithson
3 months ago

Sue, I am so sorry to hear that Phil has passed away. He was a very nice man and I know you loved him very much. He is with our Lord and I know you will see him again.

Love and Blessings from Diane, Janie and Anna Mae

Patricia Keohane
3 months ago

Sue, I’m so sad to hear of Phil’s passing. My consolation is knowing he’s with Hank and Cole..
Thought and prayers.

Pat Keohane and kids

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
3 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Philip William Athanas, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Navy Veteran, Philip William Athanas, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

3 months ago

My condolences to the family and especially his wife Sue who has missed him so much with a broken heart
May Phil walk with God in lightness and with joy as he will be missed by all who knew him