DEERFIELD — Phillip W. Forche, age 96, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Herrick Hospital in Tecumseh. He was born November 28, 1917, in Deerfield Twp., Michigan to Leo A. and Elizabeth (Tiede) Forche, Sr. He served overseas in the U.S. Army for 5 years, where he earned the Purple Heart Award.
On June 25, 1949, he married Lucille Ann Montry at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Deerfield and she survives.
Phillip had been a farmer all of his life. He was a member of Light of Christ Catholic Parish (St. Alphonsus), the Knights of Columbus and the Men’s Club, the American Legion in Deerfield Post #392 and the National Farmer’s Organization. Phillip served on the School Board for Deerfield Public Schools and served in the capacity of Trustee and on the Board of Review for Deerfield Township. He enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, playing golf in Zephyrhills, Florida, where he and his wife, Lucille, spent their winters for 20 years. He was an avid card player.
In addition to his, wife, Lucille, he is survived by a son, Jim Forche of Blissfield; a daughter, Jean (Steven) Chafee of Oak Harbor, Ohio; a brother, Leo (Darlene) Forche, Jr. of Deerfield; four sisters, Ruth McCarty of Saginaw, Lucille (Forrest) Johns of Adrian, Catherine Smith of Adrian, and Lois (Norbert) Iott of Petersburg; two grandchildren, Rebecca Chafee of Port Clinton, Ohio, and Rachel Chafee of Oak Harbor, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ed Forche; and a brother, Carl Forche.
The Funeral Liturgy was held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Light of Christ Catholic Parish, (St. Alphonsus) with Fr. Jack Loughran as celebrant. Burial was in Deerfield Cemetery with Full Graveside Military Rites conducted by the Deerfield American Legion Post #392. Visitation was on Monday from 5-8 p.m. at the Anderson Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield and also on Tuesday from 10:00-10:45 a.m. at the church. You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Deerfield American Legion. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Rudd Funeral Home, Blissfield.