Phillip Leslie Woody

Jul 31, 1933 - Mar 4, 2020

Obituary

Phillip passed away on March 4, 2020.  Phil was born in Portland, Oregon on July 31, 1933 during the Great Depression to Jessie and Lacey Woody. He graduated from Washington High School in Portland and the University of Oregon in Eugene, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  Phil was drafted into the US Army in 1955 and served 2 years, spending most of the time stationed in the remote site of Munsan-ni, Korea, where he earned a Good Conduct Medal. He worked as a purser for States Steamship Company where he traveled to Asian countries for four years. During this time, he saved enough money to buy his parents their first home.  He was in the restaurant business and was the owner of By’s Drive-In in Seattle in the 1970s and early 1980s.  Phillip married Andriena Velma Bevilacqua in 1964. Together they had a daughter, Jennifer, in 1965. Velma predeceased him in death in 1984. He married Marjorie Doran in 1988.  Phil loved to travel and visited over 60 countries, many of them multiple times. One of his many accomplishments was climbing Mt. Fuji. Phil loved photography and took many outstanding photos on these trips. He was very proud that some of his photos were published.

Cherishing his memory are his wife Marjorie and his daughter, Jennifer, (Michael) Berg, two grandsons, Nathan and Collin Berg, and his nephew Alan Batts. He is also survived by many of Velma Bevilacqua’s and Marjorie’s relatives.  Phil was predeceased by his brothers and sisters, Elizabeth Batts, Laurelie, Louis, Malcolm and Michael Woody. Also, a niece Karen Batts.  He leaves behind many happy memories for family and friends. Phil was very generous and gave them opportunities to travel and experience the world. 

In celebration of Phil’s life, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held on March 13th 11:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 15236 21st Ave SW, Seahurst followed by a reception. Prior to the service a viewing will take place starting at 10:30 am. Burial will be at Washington Memorial Cemetery Sea-Tac.  bonneywatson.com  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care, 2901 Bridgeport Way W, University Place, WA 98466.  “Grieve a while but now it is time for me to travel alone and someday I will meet all of you in my heavenly home”

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Lynn Franklin
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Lynn Franklin

Phil was such a wonderful man to work for so many years ago. He was very generous and considerate. I’ve been delighted to stay connected with him every year with Christmas cards and occasional phone calls. I’ve got a picture of him and Marj on my fridge. I pray that God brings comfort to Marj, Jenny and the family and friends missing Phil. Lynn Franklin

Leon Farries
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Leon Farries

I went into the army at Fort Ord the same time as Phil. We completed basic and advance training there and then went to Korea. We were assigned to the United Nations Command Military Armistice Command (UNCMAC). a great small high level commend. We lived in tents that were next to each other, and worked in tents that were next to each other. We went on R&R to Mt Fuji together and had a great time climbing Mt Fuji. We kept in touch over the years, although I had not seen him since 1 January 1958 when Phil got me… Read more »

David and Bobbi Anger
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David and Bobbi Anger

Sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. He was a grand guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. We are grateful to have visited last year.

Bethany Ring
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Bethany Ring

A wonderful man who had an amazing life.

Kim Birchmeier
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Kim Birchmeier

Hugs love and prayers..Phil was a great man and we will miss him dearly ..Love you Marj..Brett,Kim,Chad and Tessie ♥️

Ruth Pickett
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Ruth Pickett

Prayer for all of you.
Ruth Pickett Quality Sewing and Vacuum

Jeni Swenson
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Jeni Swenson

I remember Phil playing Santa to a few of us at a Christmas party at his and Marj’s house. He was such a gracious and kind host. Sending prayers for your family.

Nancy Scroggs
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Nancy Scroggs

Blessings on you Phil, as you make this journey. Heartfelt sympathy to you, Marge, Jenny, and family. With much love and many prayers for comfort during this difficult time , John and Nancy Scroggs

Stephen Freeborn
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Stephen Freeborn

Phil was a good client, who over the years, became a better friend. My continued prayers to Marj and family.

Kathey Bates, North Olympic Peninsula QOV
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Kathey Bates, North Olympic Peninsula QOV

Marj – So sorry to hear of your loss.

Jennifer Berg
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Jennifer Berg

On Valentine’s Day, my dad was too ill to leave the house. He insisted that I go to the store to purchase flowers for Marj and myself. Always loved giving gifts. He was very loved and he will be greatly missed by our family.
Jenny, Mike, Nathan & Collin Berg

Sue Thurnau
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Sue Thurnau

What a wonderful man & it was our pleasure to know him, We send out deepest sympathy. Prayers for all of his family.
Love & hugs from Sue, Marv, & Artie Thurnau

Chris Beldyga
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Chris Beldyga

Uncle Phil had a very special way of showing you that you could do anything in life, as long as you set your mind to it. This is how Uncle Phil lived his life, he has had so many accomplishments thinking this way, and have passed that way of thinking to so many others. I took his advice and he has influenced where I am at today. A few famous quotes from Uncle Phil that I’ve heard him say more than a few times are “when one door closes, another one opens” and “you take to that like a ducks… Read more »

Amy Iwen
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Amy Iwen

What an honor to call this man my Uncle. I will never forget the wonderful times with him and the fun I had sharing pictures with him. He was much better with the camera than I ever will be but he always told me how nice my photos were! I will miss him dearly but will remember to never stop trying – just as he always did! “No regrets”

Sue
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Sue

I’ve been trying to think of words to express my love for the best brother in law anyone could have. There were so many good times—-it’s hard to pick a favorite. From all the vacations, to spending countless times in Seattle, their many trips to Michigan, cooking, eating, laughing till we ached, personal tours of Seattle, listening about his travels, his huge generosity, his interest in everyone else…all dear to my heart. He was much loved, and he was our Phil. ♥️

Gene
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Gene

I’m so sorry for the loss of my dear brother in law, friend and travel companion. Always so impressed with all of his accomplishments and his drive to do better. All the adventures we did together, we only got in trouble a few times! Of all our ice cream jaunts, my favorite was the icee under the Rialto Bridge. I will miss him greatly.

Julia Beldyga
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Julia Beldyga

What a beautiful tribute to Uncle Phil. My heart breaks for your loss Aunt Marj. I’m so sorry we can’t be there. Please know how much you are loved! Uncle Phil was such a talented man and leaves behind so much legacy! His “eyes” through his photography will live on! Bless you.

Kevin Moore
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Kevin Moore

This is a beautiful obituary. I am so, so sorry–Marj and Jenny and family–that we have lost Uncle Phil. Phil gave me my first stamp collection, not to mention my first job, and he inspired in me a lifelong love of travel and the world. He was there for me during my own illness, as well as for all my family members that we lost over the years, especially Linda and Jim Prandi, and my grandparents. Phil is one of the warmest, most caring people I have ever known, and I will miss him. I hope you all know that… Read more »

Ernst O & Linda D Jensen
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Ernst O & Linda D Jensen

Phil did have a great artistic sense most of all a great business sense and he did work very hard he will be missed