John Phelps, Sr.

Jul 16th, 1929 - Oct 8th, 2020


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Sat, Oct. 10th, 2020 10am


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Sat, Oct. 10th, 2020 11am

John Phelps, Sr.

John Thomas Phelps, Sr., 91, of Marion, passed away from a lingering illness on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at Herrin Hospital.

John was born on July 16, 1929 in New Madrid, MO, the son of John William and Nettie Mae (McComas) Phelps.  He worked as an auto mechanic and service station owner for many, many years.  John enjoyed collecting model cars. He loved spending time with his family and his dog, Cookie and was known to many as “Pops.” John enjoyed Christian Ministry and black and white westerns.

He is survived by three sons, John T. Phelps., Jr. (Cindy), Gary Lynn Phelps (Beth) both of Marion and David Allen Phelps of Carbondale and daughter, Patricia Lowery of Kankakee.  He is also survived enmasse by eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren; two step daughters who live in MO and numerous nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; Kathleen Ferguson Phelps; Bessie Dudley Phelps; one grandchild and five sisters and one brother.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 11am at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Bill Rucker officiating.  Visitation will be on Saturday from 10am until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/PO Box 411/Marion, IL 62959

2 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Joanne

    From: Whitewater, Missouri

    Date: October 8, 2020

    John, oh how I love your dad and know now he lives with Jesus. There he is surrounded with loved ones who passed on before him and who loved the Father as he did.

    I cherish the 20 years plus knowing him and how good he was to Bessie and all her family.

    I thank God for you and your sweet wife for all the love and communications that you shared with your father no matter how far apart you lived from one another. He was always so proud to have you as his son. He loved all his family but you it is I want to praise for the love you always showed to him.
    Joanne Dudley-Biler

  • Guest: Kayce Henderson

    From: Johnston City , Illinois

    Date: October 8, 2020

    Christ’s peace and prayers He will be missed.
    Kayce Henderson