Philip Wesley Wilson

Ocean Park resident, 72Philip Wesley Wilson, 72, of Ocean Park, Wash., died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, in Portland.

Mr. Wilson was born July 2, 1932 to Ralph Marian Wilson and Eunice Jane (Mosher) Wilson on the Long Beach (Wash.) Peninsula.

The Wilsons spent much time in their float house, moving up and down the Naselle River, depending on fish and timber. Mr. Wilson made his first trip to Alaska in 1950, during his senior year at Ilwaco (Wash.) High School. He returned to Ilwaco and graduated in 1951. He was in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956, serving in Japan, Hawaii and other points in the Pacific Ocean on the USS Toledo. He spent a short time in California, but returned to the Northwest and various fisheries. Family members said Mr. Wilson was an avid pool player.

His love of boats, fishing and the water never waned, but in June 1987, a stroke left him disabled. It was then he met and married Joyce Christian. She survives, residing in Ocean Park.

The couple enjoyed beachcombing and raising bantam chickens, ducks and poodles. Mr. Wilson collected knives and kept companion parrots.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Wilson is survived by three sons, Eric Wilson of Illinois, Philip James Wilson and Heath Allen Wilson of Bend; two daughters, Julie Wilson of Bend and Barbra Schaener of Astoria; grandchildren, Erica and Thomas Wilson of North Carolina, Philip Scott Wilson and Brandon Wilson of Texas, Heather and Brittney Wilson of Bend, Kacey, Cyrus and Tristen Wilson of Bend and Mallory and Molloy Schaener of Astoria; three sisters, Norma Clark of Surfside, Marilyn Jensen of Tumwater, Wash., and Nancy Armandariz of Long Beach, Wash.; and numerous cousins.

His parents and two brothers, Kenneth Earl Wilson and Ralph Alvin Wilson, preceded him in death.

An informal gathering of friends and family will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 14, at the Peninsula Senior Center in Klipsan Beach, Wash.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pacific County Fire and Ambulance Service or to the Peninsula Senior Center.

Interment will be private.

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