Ralph "Scarecrow" S. DePhillips Jr.
Ralph S. DePhillips Jr., known to most of us as “Scarecrow,” passed away Aug. 2, 2006. Ralph had been ill for a few months with pleural lung effusion. He passed at home from heart failure. A proud Vietnam vet, he enjoyed most riding his Hard Tail Stroker motorcycle, fishing, camping, and hanging with his friends. He took pride in keeping his yard looking good and his gardens, giant pumpkins, squash and tomatoes. He always made sure everyone around him was comfortable and taken care of first before himself.This year he and his wife Patty, were headed again for the Cripple Creek Motorcycle Run held every August. This would have been his 10th annual run. He was already packed even though they weren’t leaving for two weeks. He enjoyed this run much more than the Sturgis run because Cripple Creek honors the veterans of all wars. He talked about this run all year long. During the holidays, with the help of a few friends, Ralph gathered money and toys for needy children at Christmas, including the Emily Griffin Center. He donated in the name of all Vet Bikers and never would tell them his name – just “Scarecrow,” a very loving husband, father, brother and friend.Survivors include wife Patty, of New Castle; daughters Ladena Matlin of Spokane, Wash., Trisha Deach of Arlington, Wash., and Shawna McKay of Ferndale, Wash.; son Jason Westmoreland; brothers Steve DePhillips of Colorado Springs, Joe DePhillips of Riverside, Calif., and Randy DePhillips; sister, Seleste Williams of Kennewick, Wash; eight grandchildren; and his brothers of the wind, Bones, Chucky, Tomahawk, Thumper, Woods, Kid, Blue, Slats and Whiz, just to mention a few. Ralph was preceded in death by his father, Ralph DePhillips Sr., of Menefee, Calif. His stepmother Connie still lives in Menefee.A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, eight miles north of New Castle, 4.5 miles up on the right on Main Elk Creek. Follow the signs starting in New Castle. Bring sodas, water and barbecue for the potluck. Camping areas are available. Starting at 2 p.m., a circle of friends will gather to talk of Ralph’s influence and love. Bring stories and love. His favorite saying was “The Lord never will put a burden on your shoulders you cannot carry.” Scarecrow left some big footprints on this earth. Like a flick of a wrist on a throttle, he was gone. We will never forget his loud laugh and love of life. Cremation arrangements were handled by Rifle Funeral Home.
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