Phil graduated from Franklin High School in Portland, Ore. in 1953. He attended Eastern Washington College on a football scholarship where he met and married Bev Nulton in 1956. Phil taught and coached basketball and football until he changed careers to the insurance business and ultimately moved to Oroville opening his own business in 1981.
Phil was a Mason and Shriner and was very proud of sponsoring many, many children for care at Shriner’s Hospitals. He was also a dedicated volunteer for Oroville Dollars for Scholars. Phil will be remembered by all that knew him as a teacher and coach; a kid at heart that loved to enjoy life and had a gift for inviting others to the party.
He is survived by his wife Beverly; son, Craig (Juanita); daughter, Tracy (Rhys); grandchildren, Nolan (Jessica), Tye (Sarah, Kailash, Arwren), Hayley and Devin brothers, Bill and Fred Sproule; his angels and extended hill family.
He was preceded in death by his parents Gabriel and Dorothy Roth, sister Mary Jo and brother Joe.
Services will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Bergh Chapel in Oroville with Oroville Masonic Lodge Aurora #201 officiating. Memorials may be made to the Oroville Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 123 Oroville, WA 98844 or Shriner’s Hospital for Children 911 W. 5th Ave. Spokane, WA 99204. Please share your thoughts and memories by signing Phil’s online guestbook at www.berghfuneralservice.com.
Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket is in care of arrangements.