The Obit For Phil Bach

Richard Bach, 5/13/2010

Richard P. "Phil" Bach Sr., 74, of Madison, died Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at Hickory Creek of Madison.

He was born May 26, 1935, in Van Housten, N.M., the son of Harry and Neva Wills Bach. He was raised in Los Angeles, Calif. He pursued his dream and pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Baseball Association. An injury ended his baseball career after two years. He then drove semi trucks for a brief time before joining the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, from which he retired after 40 years. He moved to Madison in 1978 to work on Marble Hill. He was a member of North Madison Church of Christ. He enjoyed traveling, music and outside ventures.

He is survived by his wife, Margie Elaine Lee Bach, whom he married Dec. 21, 1974; three daughters, Brandi Poling of Madison, Patti Griffin of Stockbridge, Ga., and Pam Bonagura of New Paltz, N.Y.; three sons, Rickey Bach of Brunswick, Ga., Brian Chapman of Lovett, Ga., and Will Chapman of Bardstown, Ky.; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father; his mother; two brothers, Glenn and Mike Bach; and one sister, Wynonna Etheridge.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Lytle Funeral Chapel.

Friends may call at the funeral home today from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Lide White Memorial Boys & Girls Club or the Alzheimer's Association. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home.

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