Clarence Phillip 'Phil' Gerhard

Posted: Friday, October 10, 2008

Kenai resident Clarence Phillip "Phil" Gerhard died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. He was 74.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 12, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, on Kiana Lane in Kenai. Brother Steve Ratey will officiate.

Mr. Gerhard was born April 1, 1934, to Clarence Phillip Sr. and Francis Ola (Upton) Gerhard in Tulsa, Okla.

He worked as a fire chief for the Tosco Refinery in Martinez, Calif., from which he retired in 1991.

"He was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses and was baptized in 1968 with over 40 years of faithful service. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and helping to build Kingdom Halls in four states, as well as helping in relief work after Katrina in Louisiana. What he loved most of all was helping friends in the congregation and preaching the good news of the Kingdom. He was known and well loved by many all over the U.S.," his family said. " Phil's favorite scripture was Isaiah 41:9,10. He loved life and he loved helping people. Phil loved serving as an elder in the Kenai Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. He is also survived by many who were considered his adopted family, they called him their 'Papa.'"

Mr. Gerhard is survived by his wife, Joyce Gerhard of Kenai; brothers, Jack Gerhard of Concord, Calif., and Kenny Gerhard of Merced, Calif.; daughters, Phyllis Dodds of Oakley, Calif., and Sheila Juarez of Kenai; grandchildren, Phillip Gerhard, Garret Gerhard, Lauren Juarez and Taylor Juarez; and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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