April 13, 1948 – August 12, 2015
Jack Philpott, age 67, passed into the presence of the Lord on August 12 at Saint Josephs Hospital in Bellingham. He was surrounded by friends and relatives in his final days. Jack was born in Ellensburg (Kittitas County), WA, the son of Philip and Elvina (Bussler) Philpott, and grew up in the mining community of Roslyn. Jack attended school in Easton and Cle Elum. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Jack Jr., his daughter Amanda (Geriminsky), and his brother Ken. He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Joyce Forenpohar of Kittitas County, his sister Fay Rice of AZ, and 5 grandchildren; Levi, Aiden, Elijah, Madison, and Gabriel Geriminsky of Moreno Valley, CA.
In 1966 Jack joined the US Army and served in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. He was seriously wounded in action in February of 1967, and later served in Germany, at Fort Bragg, N.C., and at Fort Ord, CA. Discharged in 1972, Jack worked at a variety of jobs eventually settling in Birch Bay where he lived for about 20 years. He was an active member of North Bay Christ The King Church, of VFW Post 1585, and the DAV Post (Chapter 19) in Bellingham. Internment will be at Tahoma National Cemetery.
A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 25 at North Bay CTK in Birch Bay, 4895 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd., located at the corner of Harborview and Birch Bay-Lynden Road (directly across from the Waterslides) with Pastor Dan McEvoy officiating. At Jack’s request, a picnic featuring barbequed ribs will be held at the church following the service. In attendance will be Warrior, Jack’s faithful service dog, known to so many in the Birch Bay area.