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Philip Eugene Poling

Poling, Philip Eugene
passed away peacefully on October 28th, 2013 at age 83. Philip was born in Van Wert, Ohio to Doyt Carl and Kathryn Sawyer. His family moved to Louisville, Kentucky, in 1937, where Philip attended the Louisville Male High School. During these years, he was a member of the Halleck Literary Society and served as chairman of the Athletic Board of Control. Philip graduated in 1948 from this male preparatory school and continued his education at the Centre College of Kentucky in Danville. Philip moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1950, where he attended Arizona State College and met his soon-to-be-wife, Norma Erickson. They were married in 1951 and recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. Philip counted as his greatest blessings his family and his faith. God gave him a second chance when he had a near-death experience in 1966 due to a bleeding ulcer. Since that time, Philip saw every day as a blessing from his Creator and cherished those most important to him: his wife, four children, 12 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He always celebrated their accomplishments and prayed diligently for them to thrive to their greatest God-given potential. He also served his God faithfully as one who used his own adversity to minister to others. In 1997, Philip was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Because of his own diagnosis, he co-founded the Us Too! Prostate Cancer Support Group at the Mayo Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona from 2000-2005. His advocacy for those dealing with this disease helped 350 men and their wives to face the challenges of prostate cancer with hope and confidence. Philip was an active member of La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, in Scottsdale, Arizona. For many years, he taught adult education classes on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Book of Revelation, and Islam. He was also a Mason and became a 32nd degree Mason in 1969 at the Long Beach Valley Masonic Lodge. Philip held a Bachelors of Science degree as a management major from the Arizona State University College of Business. He then worked for General Foods Corporation before employment with the National Cash Register Company (NCR) for 12 years. In 1965, Philip was transferred to Dayton, Ohio, where he worked at the NCR national headquarters as assistant director of the national optical font group and manager of food distribution in the United States and Canada. He was employed in 1970 as vice president of On-Line Computer Systems, Inc., in Los Angeles. He then accepted a position as western regional manager for Commercial Information Corporation of Boston, Massachusetts, a company that marketed time-sharing services to the accounting industry. He acquired the western region and operated Galaxy Information Systems, Inc. in California, until his retirement in 1986. Philip was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, prostate-cancer recovery advocate, and co-worker in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is survived by his wife, Norma; his daughters, Paula Wepprich (Dr. Ronald), Kristen Ryan (John McEniry), the Rev. Dr. Marta Poling-Goldenne (the Rev. David); his son, Douglas (Rommy); his grand-children, Stephen, Tyson, and Lauren Wepprich; Jennifer Keller, Stacy Medeiros, Daniel and Michael Ryan; Joshua Lindenger and Jessica Hagen; Grant, Garrett, and Jake Poling. He is also survived by his sister, Suzanne Koper and two nephews. Philip will forever remain in our hearts and now lives in triumph with his Savior in paradise. To God be the glory! Memorial Service will be held at 10:30am at La Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 9th. Memorial contributions may be made to the following organizations: US TOO! Prostate Cancer Support (www.ustoo.org/Memorial_Gifts.asp), La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, Scottsdale, Arizona (www.lacasadecristo.org) or New Song Lutheran Church, Henderson, Nevada (www.newsonganthem.org). Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary
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Published in The Arizona Republic from Nov. 3 to Nov. 6, 2013
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