JEFFERSON COUNTY, COLO — Gerald (Jerry) Thomas Phelps, 72, passed away in the early hours of Thursday, February 15th, 2018 in Jefferson County, Colorado. He has been valiantly fighting against heart and lung disease for many years.
Jerry was born on December 10th, 1945 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He is the youngest of four children born to Annie Mary Tingey and George Edward Phelps.
Jerry attended Washington Elementary School and Green River High School in Green River, Wyoming; graduating from Green River High School in 1964.
In May of 1965, Jerry was drafted into the United States Army as a 71B. While home on leave, Jerry married his high school Sweetheart, Corlis Spink (Genetti) on July 24th, 1965 in Green River, Wyoming. As a result of their union, Cindy Lee (Daddy’s Little Girl) and Teresa Ann (Daddy’s Little Helper) were born. Jerry and Corlis were sealed to each other and their two daughters for time and all eternity in the LDS Salt Lake Temple on October 16th, 1972.
During his time in the Army, he served in the Vietnam War where his awards included Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was Honorably Discharged as a specialist. Through his years of being employed, he worked at Union Pacific Railroad, Burt and Baker shoe stores, Respond First Aid and Publication Printers.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years Corlis of Lakewood, Colorado, his oldest daughter Cindy (Jeanette) Kennel of Rigby, Idaho, his youngest daughter Teresa Phelps of Lakewood, Colorado; his grandchildren from Cindy – Kacie (Justin) Christensen of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Justin (Ashleigh) Garner of Rigby, Idaho, and Taylor (Myklaine) Adamson of Twin Falls, Idaho and his grandchildren from Teresa – Amber (Justin) Arbogast of Loveland, Colorado, Emory Brandin of Loveland, Colorado, Eva Phelps (Lakewood, Colorado). He was also the beloved Grandpa/Papa GG of six, almost seven great-grandchildren – Jakobe, Deegan, Anistyn, Londyn, Hagan, Rutledge and a baby boy due in May 2018. Also survived by his brother Eddie (Carolynn) Phelps of Layton, Utah and sister Kathleen (David) Mallory of Green River, Wyoming as well as many special nephews, nieces and great nieces and nephews.
He was met in Heaven by his mother and father, his father in law James Genetti, his brother Merrill and his sister in law Carrie. There was never a minute that Jerry was not proud of, talked about and loved his family. He enjoyed being a grandpa and doing his many different magic tricks especially the missing finger trick. Jerry was always the joker in every situation, the lecturer to all and had a deep love for his wife. He was the first one to offer help to his friends, family, neighbors or the stranger he saw on the street.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, February 26th, 2018 at 11:30 am-12:30 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Lakewood Ward, 6465 West Jewell Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado.
Followed by Military Funeral Honors 1:15 pm-1:45 pm at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 Sheridan Boulevard, Denver, Colorado.
After the services please join us for a luncheon at 2:00 pm for family and friends in the cultural hall of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Lakewood Ward, 6465 West Jewell Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado, provided by the Red Rocks Relief Society.