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Philip B. Detwiler

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Philip B. DETWILER Philip B. Detwiler (1918 - 2012), passed peacefully from this life, Wednesday, February 29th at his residence at Bellevue Gardens, family members at his bedside, releasing him from a 15+ year battle with cancer. Phil, last of four children, was born in 1918 to Rollo Detwiler and Nina Marguerite Daniels Detwiler in Detroit, MI. He attended Detroit Country Day School, serving there as Football team captain and Wrestling team captain. He went on to Amherst College, where he joined Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and also participated in varsity sports. Phil transferred to the University of Michigan, where he earned his engineering degree. Phil then enlisted in OCS in aviation engineering training, receiving commission of 2nd lieutenant, and was stationed in England and France with a B-26 maintenance squadron. Following the war Phil took a bride, Virginia Boardman of Jackson, MI, where they were married in 1946 and had four children. Phil's long and distinguished engineering career began with a position as an estimator in the Bryant & Detwiler Company of Detroit, specializing in the newly-emerging field of reinforced concrete construction contracting. He served for a period on the Board of Directors of the company. In 1962 Phil accepted a position with the Boeing Company and moved his family to Bellevue. He subsequently went to a position with Howard S. Wright Company, of Seattle, as a civil engineer/estimator. He retired in the early 1980s. Phil proceeded to pursue his interests of sailing, traveling, ukulele playing, RC airplane building and operation, andwine-making. Phil served his community, acting as dockmaster for Beaux Arts Village. He participated in the illustrious "BARF" (Beaux Arts Racing Fleet) for aspiring sailors. He served on the Vestry at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Medina, and also served there as Acolyte Trainer. Phil was a leader of men and follower of Christ. His long-standing patriarchal role and honorary title of "leader of the clan" (alternately known as "Grandaddy") has been well-fulfilled. He fostered in his progeny the importance of education and honesty, earning him the respect of all whose lives he touched. He was a humble soft-spoken, hard-working man with an exemplary set of ethics and unique dry sense of humor to the delight of his loved ones and friends. Awaiting Phil in the next Kingdom are (among many others) his wife, Virginia B. Detwiler (1920-2001), and his son, Philip B. Detwiler, Jr. (1950-2001). He leaves behind daughter, A. Jan Detwiler of Olympia, daughter Margot Detwiler Elsner of Snohomish, daughter Gina Detwiler Lingbloom of Bellingham, and daughter-in-law Karen (K.E.) Detwiler of Sun Valley, ID.There are 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren in Phil's clan, with grandson Andrew Philip ("Drew") Detwiler of San Diego, to carry on the family name. The family extends a warm invitation to all friends, family and PBD admirers to join in memorial services and celebration of Phil's life at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Medina, Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m.A reception will immediately follow, location to be announced. Sign Philip's online Guest Book at www.Legacy.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 4, 2012
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