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Floyd W. Phelps

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PHELPS, Floyd W. Floyd W. Phelps, 91, of River Rd., Willington, died Thursday, (June 17, 2004) at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs. He was born in Stafford Springs, son of the late Benjamin E. and Margaret (Fagan) Phelps. In 1937, Floyd bought the Hansen Grain and Grocery store in Willington, which in 1957 was renovated and became Phelps Market. Throughout that time, Floyd was the assistant Postmaster of Willington, which he served for 41 years, and also the railroad station agent for Willington. In addition, Floyd was involved in Phelps Supermarket and Phelps Crossing. He is also the owner of Willington Citgo. During World War II, Floyd was Warden of Civil Air Patrol and was in charge of rationing for Willington. In the 1930s, Floyd was a Connecticut Welter Weight Boxing Champion, fighting under the name "Young Leonard". He and his brother Merle promoted boxing matches at Crystal Lake. Floyd was past chairman of the March of Dimes, and honorary member of the Willington Fire Department. Floyd was honored for outstanding community service in Willington, and by Springfield Sugar (Sweet Life Foods) for 63 plus years of customer loyalty. He was a sponsor of Willington sports teams, as well as all local organizations. He was a member of the Willington Senior Center. Floyd was an avid life-long learner and traveler, which he instilled in his children and grandchildren. Above everything, his family was the most important part of his life. Floyd is survived by his loving wife of 65 years of marriage Esther (Hansen) Phelps of Willington; three daughters and a son-in-law, Patricia L. and Daniel Locke of Willington, Nancy P. Johndrow of Ellington, and Janet M. Phelps of East Hartford; five grandchildren and their spouses, Jennifer and Marc Jeffreys of Willington, Alison Locke and her friend Tony Rufrano of Manchester, Kimberly and Jason Panciera of Youngsville, NC, David and Sharon Johndrow of Coventry and Scott Johndrow of Ellington; five great grandchildren, Macon and Eleanore Jeffreys, Kendall and Garrett Panciera and Katelin Johndrow; a sister and brother-in-law, Sylvia and Joseph Klecak of Stafford Springs; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers, Merle and Clyde Phelps; and a son-in-law, Kenneth T. Johndrow. A funeral will be held on Tuesday, June 22, with a procession forming at 9 a.m. at Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Jude Church, Old Farms Rd., Willington. Burial will follow in Willington Hill Cemetery, Willington. Calling time will be held on Monday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Willington Fire Department and Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 161, Willington, CT 06279, Willington Hill Fire Department, Old Farms Rd., Willington, CT 06279, or to the American Cancer Society (Breast Cancer Research), 538 Preston Ave., Meriden, CT 06450.

Published in The Hartford Courant on June 19, 2004
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