source: The Republican (Danville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, October 5, 1950 - page 1, column 4; page 8, column 1:
THE R.M. PHILLIPS' KILLED IN DAKOTA
Raleigh M. and Williametta Pearl Phillips, both natives of Hendricks County, were killed Sunday near Flandreau, South Dakota, as they were returning to Indianapolis after visiting their farm near Mott, North Dakota. Mr. Phillips was a brother of Herbert Phillips of Danville, and Mrs. Phillips was a sister of Charles Rutledge, also of Danville.
State police investigating believed that Mr. Phillips suffered a heart attack. Losing control, the car skidded on oily pavement, crashed through a guard rail and fell into a lake. Mr. Phillips was dead when removed from the partly submerged car. Mrs. Phillips died in a Flandreau hospital.
Both bodies arrived in Indianapolis yesterday. Funeral services will be held from the Conkle Funeral Home in Speedway this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Both bodies will be interred in the Lizton Knights of Pythias Cemetery.
Surviving Mr. and Mrs. Phillips are the children, Esta Jane Thorpe, Speedway; Mrs. Mary E. Lottes, Lebanon, and Emerald Shockency, Arlington. Mr. Phillips also had two sisters, Mrs. Grace Neal of Monrovia and Mrs. Edna Arnold of Jeffersonville.