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William Forest Phares, Jr., born on June 15, 1922 in Maryville, Missouri, passed away of congestive heart failure on March 3, 2013 at the John Knox Village Care Center. Bill was a businessman in Maryville for over 30 years and was active in community affairs. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and several civic organizations, including the Lions and Optimist Clubs. He also served on the Board of Regents of the Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.
During World War II, Bill served in the U.S. Army in Europe as staff sergeant and was awarded four bronze medals and the Good Conduct Medal. After the war, he studied and obtained a degree in engineering from the University of Missouri at Columbia before returning to Maryville to help establish the Phares Oil Co, which he subsequently owned, built up and ran.
He married Elizabeth Jane Utter of Maryville on August 14, 1948. After raising their family in Maryville and retiring, Betty and Bill moved to Arizona and lived in Green Valley and then in Peoria for many years before returning to Missouri.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife Betty, who lives in Kansas City, MO; his sons Joseph Curtis of Kansas City and Will Forest of Phoenix, AZ; and his two sisters, Jean Phares Elkins of St. Joseph and Frances Phares Aldrich of Harrison, AR.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any friends desiring to make a memorial gift do so by donation in behalf of W.F. Phares, Jr., to the Wayside Waifs Humane Society of Kansas City (Tel. 816-761-8151); the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (Tel. 866-232-8484); or the American Heart Association (Tel. 800-242-8721).
Cremation will be performed at the Cremation Center of Kansas City and the ashes will be interred by his sons in a private ceremony at the National Cemetery in Ft. Leavenworth, KS, at a later date.