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Immanuel Bible Church
Friday January 14th, 2022

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Philip T. Wegener, Sr.

Philip Theophil Wegener was born to George and Gertrude Wegener in Chicago, Ill. April 19,1926. He grew up in Chicago, the sixth among seven siblings, eventually graduating at 17 from Roosevelt High School in 1943. He then attended North Park Jr. College. He was drafted into the Navy after he turned 18 and went to basic training in Chicago. He then trained as an electronic technician for a short term at Texas A&M University and nine more months in Chicago. He was then assigned to a ship on the Pacific after the war had ended and went to China and Hawaii. After an honorable discharge he went back to school at Huntington College in Indiana and then Wheaton College in Illinois. He graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies in 1949 and in April 1950 married Janet Black from Seattle, who he met at Wheaton, and moved to Bellingham, Washington. He worked for a summer at The Firs Conference and then pursued a master’s degree in Biblical Education at Columbia Bible college in Columbia South Carolina. He returned to Bellingham and worked at The Firs, then the Bellingham Shipyard as an electrician until it downsized. He returned to school and received a teaching credential from Western Washington College of Education. He taught at Whatcom Junior High School for a few years, and then at Bellingham Christian School for 28 years, where he also served as principal after the first few weeks. He taught full time the first few years and then part time until retirement in 1988. He worked as a seasonal U.S. Immigration officer from 1973 until 1988 and then full time until retirement in 1994. Phil was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, and daughter-in-law Pam Wegener. He is survived by his wife, Janet, his sons, Philip Jr., of Bellingham, WA, Charles(De Ann), of Auburn, WA, James(Joy), of Muncie, IN, Jonathan(Pamela), of Parker, CO, 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. We have been blessed to know him as a husband, father, and grandfather and have been led by his example of a life fully committed to serving Jesus Christ.

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Everytime we came home from Turkey, I remember Phil's heartfelt interest and encouragement, eager to know what was happening in God's kingdom in Turkey. His smile and prayers and huge kindness always felt like a big support. He was a man with a big and kind heart and a vision beyond his own country. Praying for Janet and the family to experience God's comfort and nearness.

Ulrike and David Byle Jan 14 2022 3:33 PM

Whenever we came to Bellingham from Turkey, Phil was always a great encouragement, interested in what was happening in Turkey, praying for Turks to come to know Jesus. He was a man with a big heart and a vision beyond his own country. I will miss his big smile. May the Lord's comfort be with Janet and the family.

Ulrike and David Byle Jan 14 2022 1:08 PM

Dear Wegener family,
So many years to recap but uncle Phil as I called him growing up was a great neighbor,great speaker at weekend camps. It has been a pleasure to grow up with you as family. Janet and family my prayers are with you. I appreciate you all and know your dad husband was a man of God. Bless you all . Take care of each other.

Jan Anderson Jan 4 2022 6:59 PM

I still remember him leading music on hymn night at Geneva- Wonderful Grace of Jesus was my favorite! Prayers is comfort to your family until we all sing again together in glory!

Karen Harmon Johnson Dec 6 2021 11:58 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Philip Wegener, Sr.

Jill Walton Walker Dec 5 2021 6:50 PM

So many memories I could share about Mr Wegener from my time as a student at Bellingham Christian School and as a friend of our family. What a good man! Peace to the family..

Bill Hogg Dec 5 2021 11:30 AM

So sorry to learn of Phil's death. So many happy memories of him and Janet.

Dwight & Judy Whipple, Olympia WA Dec 5 2021 11:16 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Philip Wegener, Sr.

Robert Wright Dec 2 2021 1:06 AM