James Phelan

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VERSAILLES — James B. Phelan, age 73, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away at 11:53 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville.

Jim was born Sept. 28, 1941, in Akron, Ohio, to the late B.W. and Waneta (Magoteaux) Phelan.

Jim is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carolyn (Baltes) Phelan, whom he married June 25, 1966; sons and daughters-in-law, Todd and Marti Phelan, of Versailles, Ohio, and Brent and Michelle Phelan, of West Chester, Ohio; grandchildren, Andrew Phelan and fiancé, Amanda Frederick, Aaron Phelan, Alyssa Phelan, Kaylee Phelan, Anthony Phelan and Molly Phelan; sisters and brother-in-law, Jane Smith, of Fort Myers, Florida, Judith and Larry Grow, of Cape Coral, Florida, and Anne Cox, of Ansonia, Ohio; brothers-in-law, Gene Baltes, of Tiffin, Ohio, Joe and Linda Baltes, of Florida, New York, and Clete and Carolyn Baltes, of Nobleboro, Maine; sisters-in-law, Rose Mary Raterman, of Fort Loramie, Ohio, Lou Edna Fullenkamp, of Botkins, Ohio, Marlene Bettinger, of Coldwater, Ohio, Helen Lovell, of El Monte, California, and Deb and Paul Eaton, of Las Vegas, Nevada; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jim was also preceded in death by brothers-in-law, A.L. Smith, F. Marion Cox, Tom Raterman, Floyd Fullenkamp, LaVerne Bettinger and Bill Lovell; and sister-in-law, Betty Baltes.

Jim began his career with Phelan Insurance Agency in 1962 where he remained active as an insurance professional until his death. Jim was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles; life member of the Versailles Knights of Columbus; and the Versailles Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Jim was the 1970 chairman of the Versailles Poultry Days; the 2013 Poultry Days Honorary Parade Marshal and was co-founder of the area Jaycees in 1965. Jim was past president of the Versailles Development Association, where he was instrumental in bringing the airport to Versailles. In 2008, Jim was named Citizen of the Year by the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce. He was president of the Ohio PIA in 1984; served on the executive committee of ACORD and was chairman and served on the executive committee of AMS Users Group.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with the Rev. Carl Subler celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles.

The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. An "Irish Wake" will be held on Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Inn of Versailles.

Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice or to the .

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Published in Sidney Daily News from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2015
Arrangements under the direction of:
Bailey Zechar Funeral Home
653 Hickey Ave | Versailles, OH 45380 | (937) 526-4440
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