John Austin Phelps

John Austin PhelpsAge 67, passed away August 24, 2016.  He was born April 9, 1949, in Lansing.  John served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam war.  He worked as an insurance agent and co-owner at Producer’s Exchange (a special hazard insurance company in Texas).  When he returned to Michigan, he worked for MPC Lumber, retiring in 2007.  John was a member of the American Legion posts in Holt and Charlotte, and was an avid golfer.

Surviving are:  daughter, Charlene (Chris) Smith; sons, Bradley (Inna) Phelps and Jay Phelps; he was a very special “Pa” to 5 grandchildren, Kylie, Peyton, Ethan, Alexis and Robby.  He is also survived by his mother, Margaret Phelps; 3 sisters, Sue (Tad) Duemler, Bobbie (Jack) Turner and Sherry Mulvaney; many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Phelps.

The funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, August 27, 2016, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.  His family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 – 8 p.m. Friday.  Memorial contributions may be made to Buck Reasoner Post #238 American Legion.

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Michelle Smigielski Genis
August 25, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Charlene, Bradley and Jay,

Your father was such a wonderful man. I had known him for over 20 years because of our mutual friend, Jim Lynch. Such shock to hear of his passing. Words cannot express how my heart breaks for you and your children. May God send you his angels of comfort to be with you while you grieve.

John, your smile and laugh will be truly missed, my friend. I pray you rest in peace for all of eternity.

Heidi R Freeman
August 25, 2016 at 5:10 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts to you and your family. If there is anything I can do please let me know. Xoxo

Ron and Tina Hall
August 25, 2016 at 8:29 pm

Dear Phelps family, we are so sorry for your loss and feel so lucky to have met John a number of times….loved his laugh…….

Guthrie family
August 26, 2016 at 5:45 pm

Deepest sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief.

Ingrid Stangenwald Winsett
August 27, 2016 at 11:31 am

Dear Margaret and family, I am so saddened, hearing that John passed away. All the memories of childhood sort of flashed by as I sat thinking about him dying so young, thinking about him amidst all of our neighborhood antics. Though John was always in on the fun, he was definitely the easy going, gentle soul. I will always remember sliding down your hill on those cardboard pieces from your new appliance, the forts Sue myself, John and Hans built only to have the cows tear them down. The Olympics in Frank and Shirley’s yard, the circuses we would construct in Grandma Phelps’s yard, the popcorn we wouldn’t eat at your house after either Bobbi Jo or Sherry would “spit the popcorn kernels back in the bowl”, and so many more healthy, hearty, childhood memories with the “Phelps’s kids!” We all grew up, good times, bad times, we all grew up, and I am so thankful for the neighborhood memories we share, myself being gratefully for being shaped knowing all of you. My sincerest sympathy, prayers and compassion, Ingrid


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