Jack Theil Phelps of Dimondale, born January 3, 1946 in Charlotte, MI, died suddenly at his cottage in Six Lakes, August 29, 2011. He grew up in Lansing, MI, and graduated from Eastern High School.
He loved creating and fixing things, building his own home, making hundreds of wooden toys for Toys for Tots, and making beautiful wooden treasures for family and friends. He loved watching things grow, from his garden to the fawn that visited his pond. He worked his whole life beginning when he was old enough to have a paper route. He joined the Marines in 1965 and was honorably discharged. He was an expert mechanic and retired from General Motors after 23 years. He was currently employed by H & R Block in Lansing, still building and fixing things.
He was preceded in death by parents Zelma (Johnson) and Orrin Phelps; his sister, Debra Phelps; his grandparents, Florence and Emery Johnson; and infant daughter, Lori Ann. He is survived by his wife of 45 years and high school sweetheart, Sandra (Hauser) Phelps of Dimondale; a daughter, Kristine Phelps of Lansing; a son, Todd Phelps of Lansing; sisters, Vicki Wozniak of Potterville, and his twin, Jill Murphy of East Lansing; brother, Mike Raines of Charlotte; nieces, Wendy Moon, Gina and Jacqueline Murphy, Renee Westlund; nephews, Steve and Rob Moon, Christopher and Timothy Wozniak, Fred Hauser III; mother-in-law, Lila Linn; brother-in-law, Fred Hauser Jr.; a host of friends; and his constant companion, Ellie.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Toys for Tots.