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Rev. Philip E. Petrasek

Born: 
Saturday, October 25, 1947
Died: 
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Birthplace: 
Portland, OR
Service Information: 
A celebration of Phil’s life will be held Monday, May 6, 2019, at 1:00 at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Bellingham, WA.

Phil was born October 25, 1947, in Portland, OR. On April 27, 2019, he claimed his baptismal promises and entered eternal Easter joy. 

At one year of age, he was adopted by Ed and Norma Petrasek.  He grew up in Malin, OR, a small farming community. He was active in 4-H, FFA, and Boy Scouts, earning his Eagle Scout rank. 

He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary as a Lutheran pastor.  “Pastor Phil” served churches in Montesano, WA, Ontario, OR, Seattle, Mandan, ND, Tucson, and Ferndale, WA.  Two of these were mission starts.  He helped the congregations reclaim their sense of purpose and direction, living out their faith and mission out of the church walls and into the broader community. He was very active in the Ferndale community, being instrumental in bringing a health clinic there and establishing the Community Resource Center.  In retirement, he enjoyed international travel, photography, and assembling model cars. 

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda, daughter and son-in-law, Kari and Mark Merz, sister, Sharon Turner, and many cousins. 

Phil will be remembered for the firmness of his step, sparkle in his eyes, ready smile, infectious enthusiasm, contagious laugh, and deep, sincere care and concern for others. 

Memorial gifts may be made to Christ Lutheran Church-Space for Grace (Ferndale),  a vision of Phil’s that is now becoming a reality.  

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Submitted by Charlene MacKenzie on

My love to all of  you in Pr. Phil and Linda's family. You'd never know they were retired from all their activities and service in Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Bellingham. Pr. Phil has been there for me for years; I sought him out for counsel and support during these past three+ years since my grandson's tragic car crash.  I will miss his kind ways and ever-ready smile and laughter. Linda, you two have been a rock-solid couple of steadfast faith and support.  I share in and grieve your loss.  Know that all of us in our church family are there for you in our thoughts, heart and prayers. We love you and want to hold you close, especially in the days ahead...

May God's Grace and Blessings abound, Charlene

Submitted by Scott Morrow on

Linda, I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember Phil regularly coming to Custer School. A sparkle and good nature always surrounded him.

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