Philip Foster Hart

Death:Monday, January 7, 2013
Ogle Co, Illinois

Philip Foster Hart, 66, of Oregon, IL died unexpectedly in his home on Monday January 7, 2013. He was born in Vincennes, IN on November 19, 1946 the son of George & Inez (Bell) Hart. He grew up in southern Illinois and Country Club Hills, a suburb of Chicago. He married Myrna Lou Hutson in Homewood, IL on August 14, 1971. He served as an infantryman in Vietnam with Delta Company 2/8 of the First Cavalry Division in 1967 and 1968. During his tour of duty he was awarded the Silver Star for valor displayed on the battlefield as a PFC. When he returned to the U.S., he trained soldiers for combat as a Staff Sergeant. Phil was an NIU alumnus with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in education. Phil taught history in Oregon at Etnyre Middle School for 32 years. His last 18 years he taught with a very special fifth grade team of teachers. He really enjoyed storytelling in both history class and social life. His humor was a gift he shared with family, friends and students. He found humor in the most mundane aspects of everyday life. During his career, he was a leader in the Oregon Education Association, serving as president and negotiator multiple times. Since retirement in 2005, he served as a board member of Lifeline for 5 years. He also enjoyed new adventures and experiences, including trips to Argentina, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Florida baseball spring training, and sailing in the Gulf of Mexico. He always enjoyed family and friends. Those who knew Phil appreciated not only his sense of humor, but his strength of character. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Myrna; sons, Adam Hutson Hart of Rockford and Ryan Foster Hart of Lake Geneva, WI; sister, Jan (J.D.) Miller of Clermont, FL; brother, Thomas (Carolyn) Hart of St. Francisville, IL; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial services will be held Saturday January 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM, preceded by visitation beginning at 1:00 PM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., Oregon. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name.

Source: Mortuary Obit

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