Gerald 'Jerry' Pharis
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MOUNT PULASKI -- Gerald "Jerry" Pharis,
69, of Springfield, formerly of Mount Pulaski, died Wednesday, Jan.
28, 2009, at 8:59 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Visitation will be 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski. His
funeral will follow at 4:30 p.m., with the Rev. Walter
Interment will be at a later date.
Mr. Pharis was a general contractor for many years
before becoming a quality control manager with
Illinois Correctional Industries. He retired in 2002
He was born Aug. 20, 1939, at Kenney to Owen and
Mae Emrey Pharis. He married Joan Reinders in 1958.
He later married Debra Shellhammer Fricke in Las
Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 14, 1993.
He is survived by his wife, Debra Fricke-Pharis
of Springfield; three daughters, Lynnette Jones (and
Mike Maske) of Elkhart, Tracy DeFoor Grundy (and
Bernie) of Taylorville and Natalie (and Bill)
Gingrey of Mount Zion; one stepson, Nathan (and
Heather) Fricke of Mount Pulaski; two grandchildren,
Kyle and Christina Gingrey of Mount Zion; two
stepgrandchildren, Ben and Jack Fricke of Mount
Pulaski; three brothers, Ray (and Pat) Pharis of
Refugio, Texas, Junior (and Mamie) Pharis of Mount
Pulaski and Kenneth (and Mary) Pharis of Rienzi,
Miss.; three sisters, Helen Frank of Refugio, Texas,
Dorothy (and Vernell) Bahn of Mount Pulaski and Mary
Louise (and Gene) Mattingly of Atlanta; and several
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister,
Lillian Rentmeister; and a granddaughter, Megan
He was of the Methodist faith.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer
Society or Mount Pulaski First United Methodist
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