Ron Bruce Phillips, passed away peacefully on May 10, 2014 surrounded by family. He was 59. Ron was diagnosed with a brain tumor in late January this year and from that moment on, Ron faced his illness and treatments with determination, willingness, optimism and remarkable sweetness. Ron is survived by his wife, Sue; his son, Andy and his daughter, Caroline. Other survivors include his mother, Irene Phillips of Whitmore Lake, Michigan; his brothers, Tom Wingard-Phillips of Seattle, Wash. (Gini) and Bob Phillips of Tulsa, Okla (Marcia); his sister, Pat Chapman of Ellsworth, Michigan (Dennis); and numerous nieces and nephews. Ron was born in Canton, Ohio, the youngest of four. He attended Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He moved to Washington State in the mid - 1970's and worked as an accountant for many years at various hotels in downtown Seattle, including the Camlin Hotel. During those years he played on the company softball team, often serving as pitcher. Most recently Ron worked as the controller at the Rainier Golf & Country Club in Seattle. Ron also served for many years as the volunteer treasurer of the Edmonds-Woodway High School Athletic Booster Club. A lifelong sports fan, Ron met Sue at a Seattle SuperSonics game. They were married in 1989 and had season tickets until the team moved away. Ron had a fantasy football league and served as the commissioner, enjoying the recordkeeping as much as the trading and the league itself. A devoted 12th Man and Seattle Seahawks season ticket holder, he watched his beloved team win the Super Bowl this year from the cafeteria of the hospital. A devoted and loving husband and father, he is remembered by friends and family as a loyal friend, science fiction enthusiast, animal lover and trickster. His playfulness and sense of humor will be sorely missed. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood, Wash. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Edmonds School District, Ron Phillips Trust Account, 20420 68th Ave W. Lynnwood, WA 98036.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on May 18, 2014