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Information for George Horace Phelps
17 January 1901 - 13 April 1992
Obituary from The Idaho Press-Tribune
April 1992
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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George Phelps

     George H. Phelps, 91, of Middleton, died Monday, April 13, 1992, at the Caldwell hospital, of natural causes.  Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 1992, at the Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.  Rev. George D. Godfrey of Caldwell will officiate.  A cremation will precede the services with a private inurnment at the Middleton Cemetery.
    George was born at West Plains, MO, on January 17, 1901, to William Lewis and Edith Rose Phelps.  The family moved to Idaho in 1902.  George attended school in Boise, and then the University of Idaho.  He went to Washington, D.C., as an aid to Sen. Borah. He married Lucille Kline in 1922.  They had a son, Bill, and were later divorced.  He returned to Idaho and married Gertrude Oylear in 1930, who was the mother of Barb.  Gertrude passed away in 1962.  He later married Innes Wilkins in 1985.  She died in 1992.  He worked at the Barber Mill and then during the depression worked at various CCC Camps in the area.  He then went to work for Boise Cascade in Emmett.  He was relocated to Eugene, OR, in 1945, retiring from U.S. Plywood in 1969, and returning to Idaho to enjoy the "farm."
    George was first of all a "people person". He disliked no one, delighted in the company of friends old and new, and was always charitable in his judgment of others.  He enjoyed a good meal, loved the outdoors and happily served his fellows in union activities, and later in the Senior Citizens.  To him a person was a person, regardless of social standing.  He was never too busy to answer a question, help a neighbor, or just talk.  He was interested and pleased to hear about the latest grandchild of even the most casual acquaintance.  He never failed to say "thank you" or "well done" and had a way of making a person feel that any little thing he did was really important.  He treated everyone as an equal, and never talked down to anyone regardless of age. The needs and feelings of those around him came first.
    He is survived by a son, Bill Phelps of Virginia; and a daughter, Barb Babcock of Middleton; grandchildren, Larry, Jim, and Mike Phelps of Virginia, Pegi Powell of Massachusetts, and Margie Huddleston of Middleton; 4 great-grandchildren, 3 in Virginia and 1 in Massachusetts.
    The family suggests that memorials be made to the Caldwell Senior Citizens Center, 1009 Everett, Caldwell, Idaho 83605.

                 MY FATHER
    Fathers are Wonderful People
   Fathers are wonderful people too little understood,
    And we do not sing their praises as often as we should ...
    For, somehow, Father seems to be the man who pays the bills,
    While Mother binds up little hurts and nurses all our ills ...
    But Fathers are just wonderful in a million different ways,
   And they merit loving compliments and accolades of praise,
    For the only reason Dad aspires to fortune and success
    Is to make the family proud of him and to bring them happiness
   And like Our Heavenly Father, he's a guardian and a guide,
     Someone that we can count on to be always on our side.


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