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Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary

7944 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA

OBITUARY

Philip Gregory Ofton

February 12, 1957May 13, 2020

Some people knew him as Phil, and some as Greg. Growing up in Riverside, he went by Greg. When he joined the Marines in 1976 at the age of 19, he found it easier to go by his first name, Philip. Whatever name you knew him as, everyone thought of him as a kind, generous man, who loved to tell funny stories. At the age of 28 while still serving in the Marines, stationed in North Carolina, he suffered an aortic dissection. He survived that heart operation to repair the dissection, but was placed on permanent, physical disability retirement from the Marines in July, 1990. Greg moved back to California to be closer to family. He decided to go back to college and attended RCC. He ended up having a second heart surgery at Loma Linda University Hospital in 1992 He was so thankful to survive, he said he would forever thank God for whatever time God blessed him with. God blessed him with 28 more years. Greg went on to graduate from California State University, San Bernardino, with a Bachelor of Science. He worked for the VA Hospital in Loma Linda for a short time, and then later got a job working for the Department of Defense. He worked in Texas and New Jersey, and later requested to be transferred back to California. He really enjoyed his job and the people he worked with, but his doctor suggested he take an early retirement. He started having health issues and the long commute every day was hard. Greg loved traveling, either taking road trips or cruises. He loved sports, especially football and baseball. He joined a gold prospecting club in Temecula, and dreamed of striking it rich while panning for gold. He took guitar lessons at the Moreno Valley senior center, and made many friends. He loved his steak dinners at Pinnacle Peak steak house. Every year on his birthday, he asked for a pineapple upside down cake. He was a faith filled man who loved bible study classes. Greg passed away from advanced congestive heart failure. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jean and Phil Ofton; brother-in-law, John Sides. He is survived by his sister, Cathy Sides; niece, Robyn Sides-Ingram (Richard); niece, Kathryn Sides; nephew, Robert Sides; great nieces, Isabella Ingram, Madison Beard, and McKenna Beard. He also leaves behind many cousins and a great bunch of friends. A special thank you to Dr. Silvet, Greg’s long time cardiologist at the VA hospital; to Julia, his hospice nurse who was so kind and caring. Also, to all Greg’s/Phil’s friends who provided support to the family in so many ways.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.AchesonandGraham.com for the Ofton family.

Services

13 July

Graveside Service

10:30 am

Riverside National Cemetery

22495 Van Buren Boulevard
Riverside, California 94102

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Bella Ingram

July 2, 2020

Bella Ingram

July 2, 2020

Mason Krutsch

July 2, 2020

My condolences to the family, he was truly a great man with a golden heart. It was always an amazing time to be with him, and he will be missed. May he rest in peace.

Lots of love from the Krutsch Family.

Bella Ingram

July 2, 2020

Greg was the kindest man I have ever known. Through everything he dealt with in life, he always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. He was not only my great uncle, but my best friend and I truly can’t believe he’s gone so soon. I simply cannot think of a time Greg wasn’t in my life. Throughout my childhood, he was always up for a random adventure, a day spent together, or a shopping trip. He never made me feel like a child and always treated me just like any other adult. I owe so much of who I am today to him, and for that I am so grateful. I thank God for the many years I got to spend with Greg, as it could have been so much shorter. I know that in the future i’m going to pass his memory on to my children, who i’m sure would have loved him just as much as I did. I miss him more than words can express but I just know that he’s up there healthy again and smiling. Thank you Greg, for everything.

Cathy Sides

June 28, 2020

Cathy Sides

June 28, 2020

Cathy Sides

June 28, 2020

Cathy Sides

June 28, 2020

Cathy Sides

June 28, 2020

Cathy Sides

June 28, 2020

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