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Philip "Phil" James Sharnowski, 82, of Traverse City, passed away Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at Tendercare of Suttons Bay. Phil was born on May 16, 1935 in Maple City to Theophil "Ted" and Julia (Fabizak) Sharnowski.
He served his country in the United States Army and the Army Reserves.
He married Sharon Rosinski on June 1, 1963 in Maple City.
Phil was a water well driller for over 50 years and owned and operated Phil's Well Drilling for 46 years, the last 13 with his son, Kevin. He was a lifetime member of the Michigan Water Well Drillers Association. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles for over 30 years.
Phil was an outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. He held the state record for over 43 years for the largest small mouth bass. He enjoyed large game hunting, especially caribou, and had harvested all five species of caribou, achieving the grand slam. He enjoyed gardening and growing fruits and vegetables, especially onions and cabbage. In the fall he would help Sharon with canning peaches and pears and enjoyed sharing his bounty with family and friends. Phil and his wife loved polka music and often attended many of the local polka dances. He could always be persuaded into a good euchre game.
Phil is survived by his wife, Sharon; children, Karen (Alan) Anderson and Kevin Sharnowski; siblings, Lawrence (Mary Ann) Sharnowski, Virginia Marach and Esther (William) Saxton; and granddaughter, Kimberly Anderson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Barbara Sharnowski.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Father Ken Stachnik will officiate the funeral service.
Those wishing an expression of sympathy are encouraged to direct contributions to the Elmwood Township Fire Department, 10090 E. Lincoln Road, Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Phil with his family by way of his online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on December 17, 2017
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