Philip Stewart Huserik
August 19, 1954 – July 1, 2018
Life is an adventure! On August 19, 1954, Philip Stewart Huserik was born to Frank and Ramona Huserik, and the adventure began. Philip was born in Portland, Oregon and spent his entire life living in the Skyline area, also known as "the hill".
Philip's early years were spent playing on the family farm and exploring the nearby woods. The brothers would be gone for hours, looking for lost cabins and sulfur springs. He attended Skyline School for eight years and then moved onto Lincoln High School, where he participated in track and cross country. He might not have been the fastest, but he was the most inspirational three years in a row. Phil once ran a marathon just to see if he could do it. His college years were spent at Seattle Pacific where he earned a double degree in both math and business. He had a GPA of 3.89, confirming what we all knew...he was the most motivated of the brothers. The story of the missing A was that Phil was not willing to take his floor mates advise to have tea with Ms. Reed, professor of required Old/New Testament, and give the false impression that he wanted to be a missionary. It cost him his 4.0 annual scholarship. It was during this time that he first met Janet, his future wife.
Philip spent summers picking berries and working for the neighbors in the nursery business at Motz and Son Nursery. In 1969 he joined the Skyline Fire Department as a volunteer. His service spanned over 25 years, pulling hose, later driving water tanker and fire apparatus. He ended his volunteer service as a lieutenant. More than one neighbor was glad to see him pull up in the truck.
After college he worked for Freightliner in accounts receivable, but was not happy. He moved onto Honda's main warehouse, and in under two years was managing the receiving docks. In 1990, he left Honda to work full-time at Huserik Brothers Nursery, which the three brothers had started in 1976. At the time of his death, he worked in the trees, managed the books, and kept the rest of us in line, or at least tried to! He loved working on the farm and watching the trees grow. It brought him a feeling of being closer to God out in the fields ....at least when the temperature was under 80!
Philip surprised us all when he reconnected with Janet some 27 years after they first met, and they began seeing one another. After a long distance relationship, they were married on July 31, 2004. They spent 14 wonderful years together at their house on McNamee Road. Family was so important to Phil, and Janet completed that for him. Family dinners at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter were very important to him. He treasured hosting Christmas Eve with Janet, in their home for the family. Uncle Phil wanted everyone to be there, and the nieces and nephews will truly miss his phone calls asking how they were and what they were doing.
Philip passed away on July 1, 2018, shortly before his 64th birthday. He is survived by his wife Janet Andrews-Huserik, their sons Byron Andrews (Laura Ryals) and Mark Andrews, Janet's family (Bassi), two brothers Anthony and Chris Huserik, two sister in-laws Katheryn and Kathleeen Huserik, and a host of Huserik nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by all, and the love and joy he brought to each of us.
A memorial service will be held at St Matthew Lutheran Church, 10390 SW Canyon Road, Beaverton, OR, on Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10am.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials given in Phil's name be presented to: Nursingale for medically fragile children in honor of his niece Sarah Rachelle Huserik at nursingale.org/donate.
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- Memorial Service Saturday, July 28, 2018
Philip Stewart Huserik
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Jeremiah & Jill Luethe
July 29, 2018
We are very sorry for your loss. His mermorial service was a beautiful tribute to him.
He will be greatly missed at Thanksgiving by all the Luethe's.
July 27, 2018
I think of you often. I recall your smiling face once, speaking about Phil, when you reflected on who he was, and the way his outlook and his very approach to life was such a blessing. Your radiance and obvious love stood out to me (all the more amidst the usual flurry of the work day). I could feel so vividly, even briefly, what a light he brought to the world and to you.
You are in my heart, where I keep my celebration and my grief,
July 13, 2018
No one can truly understand the grief you are experiencing at this time and words are inadequate. Hearing you talk of Phil and having met him a couple of times, he was a gentle caring soul. Find comfort in your family, your friends and your wonderful memories. You and your family will be in my prayers that you find peace and comfort.
Love, Jeanne G.
July 12, 2018
I am so sad to hear of your loss. Please know my heart is with you and your family.
Erin Schupfer RN
July 11, 2018
Dear Janet--So very sorry to learn of your loss and hope that you're able to draw comfort from loving family and friends and your special memories of your life together with Phil. Thinking of you -- Cynthia
July 9, 2018
I know you have family to support you during this time, but know that I am thinking of you and your work family is here when you need or want us.
With a broken heart for you,
July 7, 2018
Our hearts go out to you and your family at this time. Although I only met Phil once, he seemed to have a gentle, loving nature. I know he was a special person to have captured your heart. May you have moments of peace and comfort during this time.
July 5, 2018
We will miss you tremendously Uncle Phil. From the time I was 4 years old you were there for me for everything I needed in life. I hope you are resting in peace with grandpa, grandma, and everyone else who has passed from this world.
Love, Cale Miller and family
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