ISHPEMING - Sidney "Sid" Phare, age 78, of 2007 Deer Lake Ave., Ishpeming, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, in the Emergency Room at Bell Hospital in Ishpeming following an apparent heart attack at his home.
Sid was born Aug. 16, 1931, in Ishpeming the son of the late Sidney and Emily (Dunstan) Phare. He was a graduate of the Ishpeming High School, Class of 1949. Sid worked first for the Ishpeming Public Schools for 17 years in the maintenance department and then moved on to Frailing Electric, working another 17 years as an electrician, retiring in 1991. Although retired, Sid never quit working, and will be remembered as a "Jack of all trades." He was a longstanding member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and its brotherhood, where he could often be found helping out. He loved doing any type of construction, especially when it involved heavy equipment. He enjoyed time spent watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, E. Patricia (DeRoche) Phare of Ishpeming; three daughters, Nancy (Thomas) Polkinghorne of Champion, Susan (John) Boback of Ishpeming, and Judi Phare of Ishpeming; two sisters, Gladys Sorensen and Emily Nelson, both of Marquette; sisters-in-law Mary (Ray) Heinzman of Ishpeming, Kathleen Eckermann of Syracuse, N.Y., and Janet DeRoche of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; five grandchildren, Steven (Elizabeth) Polkinghorne, Emily (fiance John Mattox) Polkinghorne, the Rev. Daniel (Deborah) Sorensen, Jan (Jeremy) Levi, and Katie (Mike Lee) Sorensen; six great-grandchildren, Max, Corin, Ilia, Jonah, Kieren and Jaina; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and William Phare; and a sister, May Penrose.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ishpeming. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ken Lahners to officiate. Inurnment will take place at the Ishpeming Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Northwoods Airlifeline, P.O. Box 2973, Kingsford, MI 49802 or at www.northwoodsairlifeline.com, or to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 414 E. Ridge St., Ishpeming, MI 49849
Sid's obituary may also be viewed at www.bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.