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Ivan Phelps

August 23, 1927 — April 1, 2013

Ivan Leonard Phelps Ivan Leonard Phelps, age 85, of Marysville died Monday, April 1, 2013, in the ICU at Memorial Hospital of Union County with his family at his side. A lifetime farmer and a hard-working man, Ivan was employed with Ranco Controls for 35 years from 1953-1988. Intelligent and capable, Ivan was a "Man of the Land" and enjoyed working outdoors and watching things grow. He was musically inclined having played the trombone, harmonica, and juice harp and will be remembered for his love of fishing, watersports, and boating with his family. He and his wife wintered in Venice, Florida, from 1989-2006 and together had visited all 48 lower states and Alaska. (He decided since he couldn't drive to Hawaii he didn't need to go.) The love he and his wife shared for one another was each their greatest treasure and served as a beautiful inspiration for their children and grandchildren. They worked together, played together, and made a lifetime of happy memories together. He was born August 23, 1927, in Claibourne to the late Lowe Wade and Armitta Bacon Phelps. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Bonnie, 2 sisters, Jennie Newman and Eupha Pierce, a brother, Marvin Phelps, and a nephew who was raised like his brother, Carroll White. Survivors include his devoted wife and best friend of 65 years, Rosalie Hobbs Phelps, to whom he was married on March 28, 1948, in Greenup, Kentucky; his children, Roger (Betty) Phelps, Marysville; Marlene (Henry) Augustine, Charleston, SC; Rita (Douglas) Lilburn, Newport, MI; and Cheryl (Chris) Moore, Birmingham, AL; 6 grandchildren, Cindy (Jason) Vollrath, Daniel Phelps, Jason Lilburn, Clair (Andrew Geer) Lilburn, Matthew Moore, and Lucas Moore; a brother-in-law, Lenny (Marilyn) Hobbs, Findlay; and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Mannasmith Funeral Home, 621 W 5th St., Marysville, OH 43040 where the funeral will be held Thursday, April 4, at 1:30 p.m. Reverend Robert Jeffers will officiate and burial will take place at Oakdale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial donations to Memorial Hospital of Union County Auxiliary or Loving Care Hospice. Condolences may be expressed at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.
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