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Leon A. Phelps

Died: Thursday, March 20, 2003
Age: 83
Leon A. Phelps, 83, Vero Beach, Fla., died Thursday, March 20, 2003 at his home following a lengthy illness.

He was born Aug. 28, 1919 in Winner, S.D., the son of Irwin A. and Mina Phelps. At age 14, he began operating the family dairy farm, planting fields with horse-drawn equipment and milking cows by hand.

During World War II, he and a coworker worked around the clock at Bell City Malleable, Racine, as the sole overheard crane operators manufacturing steel for the armed forces. On occasion they had to work 36-hour shifts or longer when the other one was ill. His many skills led him to be well respected as a residential building contractor and mechanic.

In April 1941, he married Ruth Wallace. They lived in Union Grove and then in Walworth from 1961 to 1989. They attended Brick Baptist Church.

They became winter visitors of Vero Beach in 1945, and moved there permanently three years ago.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Barry, Eagle Point, Ore., and Steven, Vero Beach; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clifford, Wildwood, Fla., and Burt, Burlington; five sisters, E. Louise Meyer, Burlington, Irene Zirbel, Racine, Jennie Geischen, Bend, Ore., Dorothy DeBaets, Titusville, Fla., and Sylvia Stoudt, Holland, Mich. He was preceded in death by a son, Frank Leon in 1997, and a brother, Glen H. in 1938.

Funeral services were held at Crestlawn Cemetery, Vero Beach, with Dr. Murray Hicks, chaplain of the Visiting Nurses Association Hospice of Indian River County officiating. The family suggested memorials to the VNA Hospice of Indian River County, 1111 36th St., Vero Beach, Fla., 32960. Strunk Funeral Home, Vero Beach, handled the arrangements.

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