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1943 Phillip 2015

Phillip D. Mansker

August 5, 1943 — March 24, 2015

Phillip Phill' Dwayne Mansker died in peace at his home with his wife, sister and four legged 14 year companion Mac' by his side on March 24, 2015. He was a proud man who lived and died on his own terms after persevering years of many debilitating diseases - NEVER accepting that his strong will and determination would not win the battle. Giving up and giving in was never an option. Born and raised in Longview, Washington. Phill grew up deer and duck hunting, and fishing in the Pacific Northwest with his father Earl Burley' Mansker. As a teen he worked at the Mint Farm' in the industrial area of Longview. There are fond memories of the wonderful spearmint scent floating around our house from his boots sitting on the porch ready to be put on for the next day's work. As a young adult he starting working for Pay-n-Save in the camera department, working his way up the ladder to store management positions. He managed stores in Port Angeles and Lakeview, Washington. He eventually returned to Longview and started working at Reynolds Metals as a welder/boiler maker. Upon his retirement to the Long Beach Peninsula to fulfill a lifetime dream of having his own boat, fishing in the ocean, and clam digging on the beach. He was an exceptionally gifted welder, expert craftsman, gardener, mechanic, engineer, designer and creator. There was no project, repair job or skill he would not take on or couldn't master with careful thought and consideration about the end result. Always the consummate perfectionist! He loved automobiles from a young age, owning dozens and dozens ranging from go-carts to Corvettes to VW trucks and could tear apart and rebuild anything with an engine in it - and it was always better than before he started. He built four homes and constructed endless other building projects, from dog houses to furniture with precision. Proceeded in death by his father Earl Burley' Mansker, and mother Irene Pat' Mansker. Survived by: Spouse: Melanie Mills, Long Beach Washington Sister: Patricia Patty' Mansker, Longview Washington Daughter: Barbra Wilson, Pasadena California Son: Earl Mansker, Longview Washington A memorial of his life will be held at the Blessing of the Fleet, Port of Ilwaco Washington May 2nd 12:00 p.m. sharp. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the S.A.M.S. (Saving Animals Means Something) Large Animal Rescue of Pacific County, PO Box 74, Ilwaco Washington 98624

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