Philip Edward McDermottroe (75) left this world on 12-27-2018 to be with his sweetheart. Phil was born 7-21-1943 to Carl and Bonnie McDermottroe in Ontario, Oregon.
He spent most of his summers riding his horse – Stranger – and playing and hunting with his childhood friend, Rod Eden, on the family ranch in Ironside. As a young man, he met a cute little waitress named Eloise Butler in the East Side Café. Love grew, and he married Eloise and her three boys on July 1, 1967. Phil adopted the boys later and took his responsibility as a dad with true devotion.
Phil was mainly a truck driver. If you had a CB, you probably talked to him while traveling down the road. During his truck driving years, he also sold real estate and managed the family ranch in Ironside. Phil and Eloise spent a good deal of their lives at the ranch fixing fences, developing springs and hunting. They built a cabin there and in the evenings enjoyed sitting on the deck, having a glass of wine and watching the sun go down. Hunting, fishing on the Oregon coast, picking morels, going to Jackpot and playing pinochle with Eloise was a great joy. He was very proud of his Irish heritage, even though his wish to visit Ireland wasn’t in the cards. Always ready to lend a hand, he will be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his lovely wife, Eloise, his parents and middle son, Scott. He is survived by his mother-in-law, Myrtle Butler; sons Steve (Valerie) of Sweet and Will (Joe) of Seattle; lots of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister Ruth House and brother Joe; Eloise’s three sisters and brother; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A special thanks to Stephanie and Autumn of Horizon Hospice for the care they have given him in the last few months.
A celebration of life will be held at the Syringa Hall in Sweet, Idaho, at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 5, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Syringa Hall in Sweet or the Pet Adoption League (PALS) of Emmett.