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Eugene "Gene" Phelps


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Eugene "Gene" Phelps Obituary
Eugene "Gene" Phelps

Eugene (Gene) J. Phelps passed peacefully surrounded by his family on February 26, 2016. Gene was born near Montrose, April 7, 1926, where he spent his early years on the farm & attending school in Montrose. Shortly before graduating from High School, Gene was drafted to the Army. He was honorably discharged, Corporal in 1947. His High School diploma was mailed to him while serving.

On January 1, 1949 Eugene married his High School sweetheart, Rita A. Kappenman in the Chapel at the Cathedral of St Joseph in Sioux Falls.

Gene worked for Foremost Dairy (Crescent Creamer) as a milk man and Famous Brands, he was honored to be member of Teamsters Union during his working career. Retiring he found time to expand his vegetable garden & enjoy his passion for canning the fruits of his labor.

He spent winters in Arizona with his friends & family. His favorite hobby was to play cards and attend his Grand kid's ball games.

Gene's mission in life was to hold strong his Faith, Family, and Integrity. He found time every day to pray the rosary. He has been a member at Cathedral of St. Joseph parish for over 65 years.

Blessed to have shared his life are his four children: Deb Koetzle, Michael J, Phelps (Deceased), Jim & (Theresa) Phelps, Mary Ellen Taylor, Michelle & (Scott) Gullickson, 9 Grand Children & 12 Great Grand Children.

He was preceded in death by: Leo J. Phelps (Father), Susan (Hanisch) Phelps (Mother), Lorraine (Phelps) Detterman (Sister), Connie S. (Phelps) O'Hara-Lee (Sister), and Gil Koetzle (Son-in-Law).

Visitation will be at Heritage Funeral Home on Monday, February 29, 2016 beginning at 4:00 pm with a Catholic Wake Service at 6:30 pm. His funeral mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Cathedral of St. Joseph with interment in St. Michael Cemetery. www.heritagesfsd.com.




Published in The Argus Leader on Feb. 28, 2016
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