He was born in Chicago, IL, the son of the late Adolf and Louise (Jastrow) Hering. In the late 1950s, Phil sailed on the Great Lakes with the Merchant Marines on the ship, The Adam E. Cornelius. On September 16, 1961, Phil married Eileen Urban in Almond, Wisconsin. He was a devoted husband, father of four children, and a proud grandfather of seven grandchildren. Phil was a hardworking, generous man that cared for his community. In the early 1960s, Phil established Fremont Plumbing and Heating, and continued to own and operate the business for over 55 years, before retiring in 2016. He also started a Polaris dealership that he ran for many years. Phil was an active and faithful member of Hope United Church of Christ in Fremont, where he served in many positions, including deacon, elder and church president. He was also a charter member of the Invaders Snowmobile Club, and former member of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, where he helped establish the water ski show and the Venetian boat parade. Phil enjoyed many things in life, including trap and skeet shooting, reloading shells, snowmobiling, skiing, hunting and traveling. However, Phil and his wife, Eileen would agree that their greatest accomplishment or legacy together was teaching all four of their children about the love of Christ.
Phil leaves behind his wife of almost 56 years, Eileen; four children and seven grandchildren, Tracy (Mark) Bacigal and their daughter, Brooke of Ada, MI; Tammy (Joe) Santiago, and their children, Taryn, Philip and Nicolas of Boynton Beach, FL; Troy (Christy) Hering, and their son, Marco of Wausau, WI; and Tanya (Paul) Sajdak, and their children, Skylar and Samuel of Chassell, MI; a brother, Roger (Marilyn) Hering, Waupaca, WI; two brothers-in-law, Mike (Sandy )Urban, Almond, WI, and Ron Nelson, Westby, WI; a sister-in-law, Linda Louther, Almond, WI; a cousin, Billy (Julie) Jastrow, IL, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. To greet Phil in heaven are his parents, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Marvin and Lucille Urban (Milton Johnson), a sister-in-law, Jeanette Nelson and a brother-in-law, Clyde Urban.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Hope United Church of Christ, 8950 Alpine Rd., Fremont. Pastor Alex Tychkin will officiate. Burial will be in Wolf River Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 30 at the Lewin Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. A memorial fund has been established for Hope United Church of Christ.