Joseph Phelps (1924 - 2013)

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Joseph McKay Phelps

St. George

Joseph McKay Phelps, age 88, passed away on August 27, 2013 in St. George, Utah. He was born November 8, 1924, in Ogden, Utah to Joseph Smith and Margaret Jane Wilcox Phelps. He married Ethel May Maben on May 10, 1958, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Joseph served in the United State Army Air Corps. He retired after 47 years as an Iron worker. Joseph and Ethel lived in many states and finally moved to Central, Utah in 2004.

Joseph enjoyed hunting, fishing and four wheeling and was an avid horseman. He was a wonderful grandfather and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his children, Toni (Mike) Ashenbrener, Val (Nila) Phelps, Jim (Lynne) Phelps, Cathy (David) Lounsburg, Kenneth Smith, Steve (Kristi) Snow, Pam Dickenson; daughter-in-law, LenaGean Phelps; son-in-law, Joe Humes; sister-in-law, Helen Maben; 2 half-brothers, Roger Elliott and Doug Elliott; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ethel M. Phelps; daughter, Melinda Humes; son, Bob Phelps; and sister, Deloris "Dee" Fowers.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, UT. There will be a viewing one hour prior to services at the mortuary. Interment will take place in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Long Beach, California.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Joseph's guestbook at

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110 South Bluff Street
St. George, UT 84770
(435) 673-2454
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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Aug. 29, 2013
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