Phillip F. Rakocy, age 69, of Colon, passed away Friday, June 12, 2009, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Phillip was born Sept. 14, 1939, in Bronson, a son to the late John and Edna (Yesh) Rakocy.
He grew up in Bronson graduating from Bronson High School with the Class of 1957. He had lived in Detroit for several years and moved to Colon in 1971.
On April 18, 1970, he married Rose Nuccio in Detroit.
Phillip had worked as a barber for 50 years and also had worked at Dock Foundry in Three Rivers for 27 years retiring in 2001.
Phillip served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Colon American Legion Post #454. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Rakocy; daughter, Rose (Larry) Bontrager; son Jeff (Kathy) Rakocy; three grandchildren, Gary and Eric Bontrager and Zachary Darmofal, all of Colon; sister, Carol (Bob) Edwards of Coldwater; two brothers, Kenneth (Nancy) Rakocy of Arizona and Alan (Clair) Rakocy of Coldwater; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at the Schipper Funeral Home LTD. in Colon. Funeral services celebrating the life of Phillip F. Rakocy will be Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Mr. David J. Farrell officiating.
Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery, with military honors conferred by the Colon American Legion assisted by the U.S. Army Honor Guard.
If desired the family suggest memorials be made in memory of Phillip to the Colon American Legion Post #454. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.