February 23, 1922 ~ June 17, 2018
Phillip “Sonny” Messersmith
Passed away at his Torrance, California home in the loving arms of his family, June 17, 2018 at the age of 96.
He will be remembered and celebrated by his devoted wife of 67 years Norma and his children, Toni, Fred, Steve and Clarise. As well as his eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren who affectionately refer to him as “Pa.”
Born February 23, 1922 in Tillamook, Oregon to Frederick and Grace Messersmith (predeceased).
Graduated from San Dieguito High School in Encinitas, California, Class of 1940, where he played Quarterback on the football team. Successful Business Owner of A&M Auto Parts. Was an avid runner for over 35 years and ran several marathons. He also played a mean game of tennis. He loved the outdoors especially summer vacations with his family at Bass Lake.
Phillip loved his family more than anything.
A Memorial Service for Phillip will be held on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. Reception to follow at the above address.
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