J. Philip Selby

J. Philip Selby

J. Philip Selby passed away Sunday, September 16th, 2007, in Ashland.

Phil was born on March 23rd, 1935 in Klamath Falls. His parents, Lloyd and Mildred Selby moved to Ashland when he was two. Phil is survived by his five children; Meg, Thad, Beth, Suzy, and Jeanne; his brother, Dee, 12 grandchildren and his companion, Barbara Feinstein.

Phil loved living in Ashland and chose to spend his life here. After serving in the Army from 1954 to 1956, he returned to attend Southern Oregon College. Phil graduated from the University of Oregon in 1959, and after intensive General Motors training, became the General Manager and eventual owner of the long time Ashland dealership, Selby Chevrolet.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandkids, going for walks, researching his genealogy, drinking coffee and talking with old friends. He traveled widely across the United States with his Blue Heeler, Zeke, claiming to have only missed Iowa during his journeys.

Phil was interested in all things; bright, well-read and the author of many a letter to the Tidings editor. Bridge became a passion later in life, he achieved a Bronze Life Master, and became a Certified Director and Four Star credited teacher. He eventually bought and ran his own bridge club for several years.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Live Strong Challenge or the Lance Armstrong Foundation at. www.livestrong.org.

You are invited to a celebration of Phil's life at the Ashland Community Center in Lithia Park on Thursday, October 4th, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A short memorial service begins at 1:30 p.m., followed by an open house until 4:00 p.m. The Japanese Gardens will also be available for those people who would like to visit or share a quiet moment.

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