Mr. Phelps was born in Readsboro on March 9, 1922, the son of Howard and Lillian (Tatro) Phelps. He grew up in Readsboro where he attended local schools. Mr. Phelps then joined the Army, serving his country proudly during World War II.
After returning from the war, Richard worked for 38 ½ years at Deerfield Glassine in Monroe Bridge, MA, retiring in 1986. After retirement, he worked as a Park Ranger for 15 years in several southern Vermont state parks.
Mr. Phelps was a member of the Battle of the Bulge Walter L. Case Post #29 American Legion in Readsboro, bowled in the senior league in Wilmington and was an avid Red Sox fan. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting, gardening, producing maple syrup, traveling throughout the United States during the winter months, and camping with his family.
Mr. Phelps is survived by his daughters, Patricia Knight (Ronald), of Jamaica; and Pamela Boyd (Leon), of Dover; his sons, Gordon Phelps (Peggy) of Shefield; Howard Phelps (Kathy), of Colrain, MA; and Michael Phelps (Rodney Soucier), of Enfield, CT; brother-in-law, Leonard Brown, of Rowe, MA; sisters, Mildred Brewer, of Marlboro, Elizabeth Trombley (Floyd), of Hinsdale, NH, Mary Ann Moon, of Readsboro, and Barbara Birch, of Readsboro; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Myrtle Arlene (Ellis) Phelps on July 2, 2010, his sisters, Norma Brown; and Marjorie Phelps; his brothers, Clayton and Ronald Phelps; and grandsons, Thomas and Scott Phelps.
Services will be held at the Readsboro Baptist Church, 7030 Main Street, on Saturday, July 1, at 10 am. Burial will follow in the Readsboro Village Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held at Covey, Allen & Shea Funeral Home, 44 East Main Street, Wilmington, from 5 to 7 pm on Friday June 30.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Readsboro Baptist Church, c/o Covey, Allen and Shea Funeral Home, PO Box 215 Wilmington, VT 05363.
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