Philip Harrington Herzing, 86

Philip Harrington Herzing, 86, died on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, of natural causes.

He was born on Feb. 7, 1926, in St. Marys.

Phil was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Harrington, in 1971, his father, Philip, in 1983, his wife, Martha, in 1986 and his brother, Albert, in 1989.

Phil’s great-grandparents, Philip V. and Elise Pauck Herzing, were among the earliest settlers of what later became known as Auglaize County. Phil is survived by his son, Philip; a daughter-in-law, Karen; four grandchildren, Elise, Philip, Marie and Michael, all of Dayton.

Phil attended Memorial High School in St. Marys and identified closely with the Memorial High School class of 1943. He graduated from Culver Military Academy, Yale University, Ohio State University College of Law and attended universities in Switzerland, France and Germany after World War II. During that conflict, he served as a gunnery officer on the battleship Alabama in the Pacific. Before retiring from the practice of law in 1990, Phil was the founder or co-founder of three new insurance companies in Ohio during the 1970s.

 Phil enjoyed sailing, fishing and flying. He read extensively, mostly non-fiction, and for a time wrote a weekly column for the The Evening Leader. He was understandably proud of his family’s notable contributions to the establishment and prosperity of the St. Marys community during the 19th and 20th centuries, with particular reference to the  operation of the St. Marys Woolen Manufacturing Company.

Politically, he was a Libertarian and represented the Libertarian Party in 1982 as a candidate for the United States Senate from Ohio. During his professional years, and more so in retirement, Phil travelled widely and toured nearly every continent on the globe. No one should grieve for Phil.

A funeral service will be held  at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Herzing family residence, 305 S. Main St., St. Marys. Visitors will be received from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. His body will be buried in Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys, next to his late wife, Martha, and his parents and grandparents after the service.

Military honors will be given by the St. Marys Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9289 and the St. Marys American Legion Post 323.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Cisco Funeral Home, St. Marys.

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