William Leo Phalen
William Leo Phalen
  • December 19, 1925 - September 19, 2017
  • Marietta, Georgia

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William "Bill" Leo Phalen, Jr., 91, a resident of Marietta, GA, and formerly of Harrisonburg, died September 19, 2017.

A son of the late William Leo Phalen, Sr. and Reba Lough Phalen, he was born on December 19, 1925 in Harrisonburg. He graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 1943, served in the U.S. Army Air Corp from 1944 to 1945, then graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1947.

Bill worked as an industrial chemist with Hercules Chemical Company for over 40 years, first in Wilmington, Delaware, then in Brunswick, Georgia. He lived in St. Simons Island, Georgia, for over 60 years, until he moved in with his son and his family in Marietta, Georgia, in 2013.

Bill satisfied his natural curiosity, whether for physics, religion, math, history, or art - by being an avid reader. He also enjoyed walking his dogs on the beach and around town, striking up conversations on the way.

Bill is survived by his son, William "Willie" L. Phalen, III, and his wife, Rebecca, of Marietta, Georgia; three grandchildren, Jack, Reba, and Lillian Phalen; and a brother, John Robert Phalen and his wife, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jeanne Ann Potter, in 2004.

His body was cremated and a graveside service will be held Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 10:00 AM at Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery with Father Silvio Kaberia officiating. Military rites will follow by Dayton American Legion Post #27.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, P.O. Box 5014
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or https://www.michaeljfox.org.

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