Phillip Eugene Justus, Jr.
April 23, 1925 ~ December 21, 2012
December 23, 2012
Phillip Eugene Justus, Jr., 87, passed away
suddenly on December 21, 2012, at Boundary
Community Hospital in Bonners Ferry. Funeral
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, December
28, at Mountain View Mennonite Church in Bonners
Ferry, with interment following in the Mountain
View Mennonite Cemetery.
Phillip was born to Phillip and Eugenia (Brockly)
Justus on April 23, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois.
He moved to Bonners Ferry together with his
family when he was nine years old. Growing up on
the family farm, he enjoyed the hard work and
also found time for hiking and fishing together
with his brother, Eddie.
He answered the call of God, received
forgiveness of sins and found peace in his
heart. Uncle Phil was baptized into the Church
of God in Christ, Mennonite, at the age of 21
years, and remained faithful to the end.
The family has fond memories of his whistling.
Often he could be heard imitating birds or
whistling hymns. His prayers were impressive to
us, warming our hearts in their simplicity.
He lived at home with his parents, helping his
mother in their restaurant at Eastport and later
at the Just-Us Motel. He also worked for many
area farmers, willing to do whatever was asked.
After his parents passed away, he continued
living in the family home, and then moved to
town for the last 18 years of his life. In his
retirement he spent many days hiking the North
Idaho mountain trails to fish the high lakes,
often inviting others along for companionship.
Those left with fond memories are his nephews
and nieces: Carol Isaac, Big Prairie, Ohio,
Richard and Sandra Justus, Bonners Ferry, Beth
and Walt Giesbrecht and Charlie and Karen
Justus, Barbara and John Unruh, all of Othello,
Washington, David Justus of Soldotna, Alaska,
Marjorie Justus of Dumas, Arkansas, Roger and
Jane Unruh of Honey Grove, Texas, Gale and June
Unruh, of Fountain Run, Kentucky, Diane and
Stanton Redger, of Lakin, Kansas, and Denise and
Wayne Faircloth of Albertville, Alabama, one
cousin Robert and Drexel Love, Moyie Springs,
many great nephews and nieces and also special
friends Stan and Lillian Mastre and Denton and
Those preceding him in death are his father,
mother brother two sisters-in-law, one nephew
and one great, great niece.
Family and friends are invited to sign Phillip’s
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of
Bonners Ferry Funeral Home.