Walter Phare

October 25th, 1916 to March 1st, 2012
Walter S. Phare, 95, a lifelong resident of Port Huron, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012 after a lengthy illness.

He was born October 25, 1916 in Port Huron to the late Thomas and Jemina Phare. Walter married Mary G. Roth on August 6, 1947 and they had four children. She preceded him in death in 2009.

After graduation from Port Huron High School, Walter worked in the CCC camp at Camp Glennie outside of East Tawas, then served in the Air Force during WWII. He was stationed in South Dakota where he supervised the setup of ground targets at the aircraft gunnery range, and left military service with the rank of Captain. He attended Port Huron Business College then worked as an independent accountant for 48 years, during which time he served many different area businesses. He retired from his accounting practice in 1995.

Walter was an active member of the Port Huron Host Lions Club since 1948, during which time he held the offices of secretary, treasurer, and president. He received the Melvin Jones award for outstanding leadership to Lions Club International in 1997. Walter and Mary were members of St. Mary Catholic Church in Port Huron since its founding and he was a Life Member of the Blue Water Sportsman’s Association since 1949. Walter loved to hunt, fish, and travel “up north”, and he also enjoyed sports, especially baseball, hockey, football, and bowling.

He is survived by his children: Sharon (Glenn) Glassner, Robert “Bob” (Rita) Phare, William “Bill” Phare, and Susan Phare; four grandchildren, Eric, Brian and Scott Glassner, and Christopher Phare; his brothers, Fred (June) Phare and Albert (Donna) Phare; sister, Doris (Hadley, Sr.) Hurford; sister-in-law, Betty Phare; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Pearl and Fred Wilton, and his brothers Roy and Clarence.

Visitation will be from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Sunday in the Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.

Mr. Phare will lie in state from 9:30 until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012 in St. Mary Catholic Church. The Reverend Brian Cokonougher will officiate.

Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Port Huron.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or the Port Huron Host Lions Club.

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