Herter, Philip F. “Phil”, Bay City, Michigan

Passed away peacefully on Saturday August 25, 2012 at Brian’s House with his family at his side. Age 92, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 1920. He graduated from Baldwin Wallace and the University of Michigan with a Masters degree in Music Education. Phil married his wife of 68 years, June Fallon on December 29, 1943. Phil served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was part of the Normandy Invasion. After the war Phil taught music in schools in Wolf Point, Montana and Michigan Center, MI. In 1952, Phil moved his family to Bay City, MI and purchased the former Hardy Music Company. The name was changed to Herter Music Center and has been in downtown Bay City over 50 years. Phil is survived by his wife June and his daughter and son; Debby (Patrick) Downing and Fred (Genie) Herter. He also leaves three grandchildren; Heather (Terry) Leser, Natalie (Ernie) Martinez and Stephanie (Ryan) Clyde. Phil also lived to enjoy seven great-grandchildren; Kaylee Martinez, Alexis Martinez, Samantha Clyde, Cassidy Clyde, Dominic Clyde, Cassandra Leser and Ashley Clyde. Phil is also survived by his brother John Herter, sister-in-law Pat Myers and several nieces and nephews. Phil was preceded in death by his brother Bob and by his good friends Florence and Jerry Newcombe. Cremation has taken place and a private service will be held by the family. For those who so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the: Phil Herter Band Camp Scholarship Fund, c/o 901 Washington Ave., Bay City, MI 48708. Arrangements are in the care of the Gephart Funeral Home, Inc. www.gephartfuneralhome.com