Philip Larch, of Central Point, Ore., passed away at Faith Avenue Adult Foster Home on Saturday March 27, 2010. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. He was 90 years old. He was born on November 4, 1919, in Escanaba, Mich., the sixth child of William and Angeline Larch.
Upon graduating from high school in 1938, he was awarded a scholarship to Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., to study engineering and architecture. In the winter of his junior year the Pearl Harbor attacks were conducted and he soon enlisted in the Coast Guard. He was assigned to perform weather forecasting and meteorology assignments for the wartime Atlantic convoys supplying food and military cargoes to the United Kingdom. He participated in 17 convoys between Northeastern U.S. and Canadian ports, to Liverpool, England.
After VE Day in 1945, he continued on in the field of weather forecasting and meteorology, serving in a variety of short-term assignments at weather stations and airports around the Midwest and Eastern U.S. He served for a short time in the U.S. Army Air-Corps in the same capacity. In 1949, he was assigned to the weather facility at International Falls, Minn., and met Mildred Munsen. They were married in June 1950, and moved to St. Cloud, Minnesota. A son, John Patrick, was born in February 1952. In 1954, Mildred contracted tuberculosis, recovering in 1955. Doctor's recommendations for his wife's continued health spurred them to move to a drier, more temperate climate and so they moved to Medford, Ore. A second son, Robert James, was born in 1956. Robert James passed away from a cancerous brain tumor in 1958. His wife Mildred passed away from breast cancer in 1961. He retired from his meteorology career in 1973.
He married Dorothy Parsley in March 1969, and gained four step-daughters with the marriage. They were happily married until her death in January 1997.
He is survived by son, John, of Salem, Ore.; stepdaughters, Donna Lee Jones, Donna Mae Cook, Marlene Jones, of Central Point, Ore., and Linda Danielson of Phoenix, Ore.; niece, Sue Meyers, of Eugene, Ore.; nephew, Morris Munsen, of Jefferson City, Mo.; and cousin, Barbara Smith, of Itasca, Ill. He was preceded in death by father, William; mother, Angeline; five brothers and sisters; son, Robert James; first wife, Mildred; and second wife, Dorothy.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the St. Vincent De Paul Society or the donor's charity of choice.
Funeral services will be conducted at Perl Funeral Home on Monday, April 5, at 11 a.m., with internment to follow at Siskiyou Memorial Park.
A memorial mass will be celebrated in his name at Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church in Central Point, on Thursday, April 15, at 12 Noon.