Visitation was at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. with the family greeting friends from 5-7 p.m. at St. Louis Church in Royal. A Catholic Vigil Service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the church.
Interment will take place in North Lawn Memorial Park in Spencer. A military flag presentation will be conducted by American Legion Goodwin Post of Royal, following the service at the church.
Mr. Phelps passed away Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at Longhouse Residence in Spencer.
Harold Henry "Blackie" Phelps, the son of Ernest and Goldie (Stanton) Phelps, was born Sept. 19, 1922, in Royal, Iowa. His childhood years were spent in Royal, where he received his education. Following his schooling, he entered the military, where he served with the U.S. Air Corps during WWII from 1942 until his honorable discharge in 1945.
Harold married Eleanor Huss on Nov. 29, 1952, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Royal. Following their marriage, they continued to live in Royal, where he worked as a carpenter, was a gas station attendant, worked at a lumberyard and drove a school bus for 11 years. He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Royal. Blackie was also a member of the DAV in Storm Lake, the American Legion in Royal and was a volunteer fireman for 30 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed reading, gardening and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Larry; four brothers: William, Robert, Loren and Kenneth; and two sisters: Lucille Johnson and Gladys Van Oversheld.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Eleanor of Royal; a son, Gary Phelps of Newton, Iowa.; a daughter, Joan Phelps of Royal,; one granddaughter, Jennifer Phelps; three sisters: Alice Niccum of Tonka Bay, Minn., Lois Collette of Long Beach, Calif. and Edna Hunter of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; other relatives and many friends.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.