Phillip A. Langford, 89, has peace at last. Phil's life ended serenely Saturday, May 31, 2008 in Ritzville.

He was born Nov. 10, 1918 in Sunnyside to Fred and Zorah Langford, the third of four children. All are deceased. His early years were filled with horses, dogs, fishing and hunting; then basketball, baseball and football. He attended Whitman College on a baseball scholarship, then left to work for Old National Bank in Sunnyside, a job that lasted 46 years, the last 28 years in Ritzville. In 1958 he graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. He was later promoted to Vice President of Old National Bank.

He met a Prosser girl, Elien M. Foisy, in 1942. She became even more important than his Harley. During the courtship, Phil served in the U S Army. They married May 27, 1944 and celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this spring.

He was very active in the Ritzville community, serving on the Ritzville School Board, participating in the Ritzville Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Ritzville Golf Association, United Methodist Church and Ritzville Rodeo Association. He even participated in team calf roping competition into his 70s. He enjoyed golf, although he was never quite satisfied with his game. He did, however, with his partner win the Digger Tournament once, and beat his own son, just a year ago. He will miss his special friends at the morning coffee group.

He is survived by his wife Elien; sons, Phil Jr. (Bev) and Fred (Rosemary); daughter, Lynn Griffiths (John); eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Friday June 6, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Ritzville United Methodist Church. Inurnment will be at Ritzville Memorial Cemetery.

Danekas Funeral Home in Ritzville is in charge of arrangements.


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