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Harry "Rick" Philbrook
June 11, 1961 ~ January 19, 2017
May 5, 2017
Harry ‘Rick’ Philbrook, 55, took flight with the angels on January 19, 2017, to join the ranks of those in heaven, with family at his side for the farewell. Rick died after a year long battle with cancer he fought until the bitter end. His service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at United Methodist Church, 6706 Denver Street, Bonners Ferry.

Born June 11, 1961, in Boners Ferry, he was raised in Boundary County and graduated Bonners Ferry High School. He also graduated from North Idaho College and Boise State University with degrees in Business Management.
Rick was an entrepreneur and he relished seeing his visions grow to fruition. He put his heart and soul into creating and staring up new businesses. Rick also enjoyed his role as project manager in many roles, such as wood treatment plant, apartment building, lumber mills, kiln operations, and his latest employment with Knife River, which was to keep busy in his spare time.

Rick enlisted in U.S. Marines from 1981-87 as an Avionics Communication System Technician. His memberships included the Masonic Lodge and Shriners, and he was a lifetime member of National Rifle Association and Idaho Fish & Game.

Rick’s passion for fishing was unprecedented, and he loved time on the water at his cabin on Kootenay Lake, British Columbia.

He excelled in marksmanship, enjoyed hunting, off-roading, riding his Harley, cruising in his 67’ Camaro and, his latest venture, raising cows. He was most proud of his three children, raising them to love motorcycle racing, ice skating and hockey as much as he did.

Rick is survived by the love of his life, Rita, amazing children Sarah, Katie and Nathan, precious grandson Hunter, Rita’s son Brent, faithful companion Jack, brother Matthew, and many friends he considered family.

Rick preceded in death by parents Don and Betty.

Heartfelt thanks and gratitude to his staff of caregivers from Cancer Care Post Falls, where he was fondly known as "Harry call me Rick," and Schneidmiller House, who took special care of him and his family during their time of grief.

Please visit Rick’s online memorial at to share thoughts, memories and stories.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Hospice of North Idaho or Toys for Tots.