Before her passing, Wilma Phares established an unrestricted community fund in memory of her husband Kenny who preceded her in January 2014. Kenny served as one of the founding board members on the Hancock County Community Foundation Board.
The couple lived on a farm in northwestern Hancock County. Kenny, a lifelong farmer, was born and raised in Mohawk and Wilma graduated from Charlottesville High School. The couple married in 1953 upon Kenny’s return from his service in the Korean War. Wilma took pride in her role as a farmwife dedicated to raising her children, Jeff and Susan. Neighbors described them as hardworking, caring, and honest with integrity above reproach. Kenny said, “We tried to do the best job of farming we could and to be good neighbors.” He received the Indiana Prairie Farmer “Master Farmer Award” in 1996 that recognized him for his sound and innovative farm management skills and concern for others. Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation honored them for being good stewards of the land.
Faith, family, farm, friends and community were a very important part of the couple’s everyday life. It is appropriate that the fund established in their name will provide discretionary grants that will allow HCCF to address the needs of Hancock County, even as those needs change over time.