Phillip Jay Rearden, 72, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, died on May 8, 2019, peacefully in his home on Chuckawa Lane. Phil was born in Tacoma, Washington, to Frank and Opal Rearden on June 20, 1946. He married Christie Jay Potter on July 20, 1970, and Phil would tell you that this was the best thing that ever happened to him.
He had a 40-year career as a heavy equipment operator for the IBEW union before he retired in 2007. Phil was also known for his love of hot rods and a favorite activity was going to the drag races and spending time in his garage where he worked on rebuilding multiple model classics throughout his life.
But the most important thing to Phil was his family and friends. Phil is survived by his wife of 49 years, Christie J. Rearden; by his siblings, John, Frank, Kathy and Ginger; his children, daughter Jessica (Paul) Oneil, daughter Janelle Rearden, daughter Tullee (Chris) Ivy and son Joshua Rearden; his grandchildren, Justin, Kirsten, Devin, Shayna, Katelynn, Luci, Baron and London; and his great-grandson Christian. Phil is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Opal Rearden; his sisters, Nadine and Cornelia; and by his granddaughter, Kayla Rearden. Also, niece Cindy Rearden, nephew Eric Borden, and great-nephew Zachery Holt.
Phil Rearden was a force to be reckoned with, and those who really knew Phil knew him as “Filthy Phil” with great affection. The life he lived reached far beyond the walls of his home. He was loved as much as he loved and we know he will be remembered and missed by many.
A service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Lake Lawrence Lodge 15735 Topaz Drive S.E. Yelm, Washington.