November 19, 1922 – November 5, 2010
Phil Hohnstein was born in Portland, Oregon to George and Elisabeth Hohnstein, Russian born Germans who immigrated to the US in 1909. He had three older brothers; John, George, and Henry. Phil proudly served in WWII in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he returned to Portland and worked at the family rubbish hauling business. In order escape the Oregon winters, he traded the cold for sunny southern California. Once in California, he went from a one-man-one-truck operation to a multi-million dollar waste and recycle empire. He married Dorothy J. Fowler and had two daughters, Belinda and Dianna. He was a respected and firm businessman, an innovator, and a great philanthropist. For the last twenty-two years, he was married to Irene Jahn, who preceded him in death. He had six grandchildren that he cherished. He was a beloved father and grandfather. He was generous, supportive, and loving and he will be greatly missed.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Deedee Hohnstein Stanley
September 30, 2011
I miss you Daddy
Sergio von Borries
November 16, 2010
One of my most precious memories of you is the way that you would collect and proudly distribute among us a handfull of mint candies from the "thank you" bowl at every deli or restaurant that we ever went to.You always had a bunch of those candies in your car and in your office, and you were always quick to offer some and to proudly annoucen where you got them with a smirk on your face, as if it was such a neat trick. In a way, I think it was such a unique expression of you, of your quirkiness and of your generosity. You are always in my mind and heart.