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James J. "Jim" Phelps

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Retired home builder
James J. "Jim" Phelps, 65, of Tularosa, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.
Mr. Phelps was born March 23, 1944, in Hastings, Neb., to Sheldon Joseph and Margaret Mary (Meisenbach) Phelps. After graduating from St. Mary's High School in Stockton, Calif., he attended San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, and New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, where he received a bachelor's of business administration in marketing. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 until 1968 and was a contractor, retiring from home building in 2000. He enjoyed woodworking, crafting and gardening.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Rosemary, of the family home; a son, Joseph Edward Phelps, of Santa Teresa; numerous cousins; and close family friends John and Sandy Gibson, of Alamogordo, and Dave and Barbara Di Francesco, of Tularosa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in-law Ed and Magdalena Holguin; and many aunts and uncles.
A vigil service will be conducted Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton-O'Dell Chapel with the rosary to be recited by Deacon Mariano Melendrez.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church in Tularosa with Father John Peterson, O.F.M., as celebrant.
Pallbearers will be Mike Drunzer, Burt Beach, Clif McDonald, John Gibson, Dave Di Francesco and Richard McWhirter.
Committal services will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Bliss National Cemetery with Deacon Ralph Solis officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Holloman Air Force Base Steel Talons Honor Guard.
Friends may call Thursday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 4 to Aug. 19, 2009
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