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William R. Phelps; 69

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William R. Phelps; 69

LEOMINSTER -- William R. Phelps, 69, a longtime Leominster resident, died peacefully Tuesday, July 30, while visiting his family and friends in Santa Rosa, CA.

His wife of 34 years, Jane L. (Divoll) Phelps, died in 2003.

He leaves two daughters, Wendy H. Hubbard, and her husband, Michael, of Northfield, MA and Brenda A. Phelps, and her husband, John Peters, of Santa Rosa, CA; three brothers, Ralph W. Phelps Jr., and his wife, Rhonda, of Lunenburg, Lawrence Hier, and his wife, Mariann, of

Ashby, and Randy Hier, and his wife, Linda, of Lunenburg; three grandchildren, Kayla A. Hubbard and Justin M. Hubbard, of Northfield, MA, and Cara Jane Phelps Peters of Santa Rosa, CA; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister in February of 2013, Joanie Selin, of Fitchburg.

William was a Steelworker for 36 years at the former Simonds Saw & Steel Co. of Fitchburg, retiring in 2004. During his earlier years, he worked for two years as a Dispatcher for the Lunenburg Police Department and at the Fitchburg Paper Co.

William was a member of the former Chapel of All Saints in the Whalom District of Leominster. He attended Fitchburg High School, loved baseball, coached Little League in Fitchburg, and was a past President of the Wallace Figure Skating Club. He enjoyed fishing and would be found strolling the beach for treasures. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family and friends.

William was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving as a Private in the Infantry of the U.S. Army, and served overseas in South Korea.

He was born in Fitchburg, on April 19, 1944, a son of the late Ralph W. Phelps Sr., and Anna M. (Quinn) Phelps.

PHELPS -- Funeral Services will be celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 2:00 p.m., in Christ Church, 569 Main St., Fitchburg. Father Bennit Jones III will officiate. Burial, with Military Honors will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Fitchburg. Calling Hours will be held in the Lunenburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 763 Mass Ave., on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. Flowers may be sent or memorial contributions may be made to a or can be left at the Funeral Home. For further information see (www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net).

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Aug. 6, 2013
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