Phillip Bullington of Montesano passed away at home with his family at his side on Wednesday, Aug.16, 2017. Phillip was born to Warren and Lucy Mae (Atwood) Bullington on May 18, 1937, in Aberdeen, Wash.
Phil spent his growing up years in both Aberdeen and Wishkah and graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1956. In his teenage years, he spent most all of his time hunting, fishing, and working on cars. After high school, Phillip went to work for Peckinpaugh Automotive in Central Park and in 1957 married Shirley Hulbert; they later divorced.
On June 30, 1962, Phil married Virginia (Garrison) Richardson, and he and Jenny have lived in Montesano for the past 55 years. Phillip was employed in the timber industry for about 7 years. He also worked as a mechanic for John Deere in Montesano for 10 years. He then went to work as a mechanic for Grays Harbor County, retiring in 1999.
Phillip was an avid hunter and fisherman, never missing a season. He was known for being “The Great White Hunter.” He did it all – rifle, bow – deer, elk, even bear. He is known to have taught many young kids – men and women – the skills and etiquette of hunting and fishing and could also be counted on for having a hunting and/or fishing story to share. He and Jenny spent 55 years of hunting and fishing together.
Phil loved to camp with his family and friends, especially up at Grisdale. He shared his love for camping with not only his kids but his grandkids as well. Owning a boat all of his adult life, he taught his entire family how to water ski at Wynooche Lake. If Phil wasn’t out fishing, hunting or camping, you could always find him home tinkering in his shop.
He will always be remembered for his contagious laugh and his “Phillipisms,” especially “Don’t get caught in the bite!” and “What can get hung up, will get hung up!” His grandkids love recalling one of his little pieces of wisdom: “I stand before you today, to stand behind you tomorrow, to tell you of something I know nothing about.”
Family meant everything to Phillip, especially his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. He always had one of them on his lap. He was their “Number 1” fan and never missed any of their sporting events throughout the years. His love for family and friends is evident by the wall of pictures in his home commemorating more than 40 years of fun spent outdoors with all of them.
Phillip held memberships in the Montesano Eagles, the NRA and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He was also in the National Guard Reserves.
Phil is survived by his wife and his children Barb (Mike) Mattson, Kim (Mike) Adams, Zane (Lynda) Bullington, and Tracey Sundberg all of Montesano and Bev (Joe) Miller of Wishkah; bonus family member, Rich Mazzei of Montesano; grandchildren Jenny (Chris) Pelt, Kadi (Shawn) Hinchen, Michael (Jaimi) Adams, Jimmy (Brandi) Miller, Bryan (Brianna) Adams, Nik (Christa) Miller, Zane (Amara) Sundberg, Allie Sundberg, Jace Bullington and Sydney Bullington, and seven great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara Tomsinski of Olympia and Evvan Walker of Vancouver, B.C., and a brother John Bullington of Hoquiam.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Jerry and Joel Bullington and his sister Susan Fogo. Per Phillip’s request, there will be no service.
Memorial donations may be made to Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105.
“Dad, you will be missed every day!
Happy hunting and fishing!”
Arrangements are by Harrison Family Mortuary of Montesano, Wash.
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