Arthur H. Phipps, 76, who retired from the General Services Administration in 1968 after 30 years of government service, died Monday at the Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park. He had cancer.

Mr. Phipps was born in New York State and grew up there and in Takoma Park. As a young man, he learned to be a painter. From about 1928 until 1938, when he began his career with the GSA, he operated his own paint contracting business.

He stayed in this field at the GSA and became a supervisor of painting and decorating projects. Over the years, he was responsible for work done at the State, Justice and Agriculture departments, the White House and the National Archives.

A resident of Takoma Park until 1976, when he moved to Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring, Mr. Phipps was a member for 25 years of the Special Police, a volunteer group affilitated with the Takoma Park Police Department that assists in directing traffic on Sundays, holidays and similar occasions.

Mr. Phipps also was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Takoma Park Lodge No. 29 and a Shriner of the Almas Temple.

Survivors include his wife, Rubye S., of Silver Spring, and two sisters, Ruth P. House of Mishawaka, Ind., and Jeanne P. Springer of Silver Spring.