BRANDON – A funeral will be conducted Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m. in the Fair Haven Baptist Church in Fair Haven for Louis D. “Louie” Phelps III, 73, who died March 4 in Brandon. Reverend Roland Smith, pastor of the church, will officiate. A fellowship gathering will follow the funeral in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place at a later date in Mendall Cemetery in Bridgewater. Calling hours will be Friday, March 10 from 4-7 p.m. in the Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home, 26 Franklin St., Brandon.
He was born in Rutland on Nov. 21, 1943, son of Louis D. Jr. and Margaret (Mandigo) Phelps.
Louie grew up in Bridgewater and received his early education there. He graduated from Woodstock Union High School, class of 1961. He was a Viet Nam veteran and served in the United States Army. He had worked as a small engine mechanic, as a mechanic for Thompson Garage and owned and operated Louie’s Backhoeing Service from 1971 to the present. He was a former president of the Future Farmers of America and had served as a Boys’ State ambassador. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bird watching, gardening and he loved nature.
Louis is survived by his wife, Lynette Phelps, Brandon; his mother, Margaret Phelps, Pittsford; a son, Louis D. Phelps IV, St. George; a daughter, Holly Lee Phelps, Lebanon, New Hampshire; three brothers, Robert J. Phelps, Benson, Randall J. Phelps, Bridgewater, and Eric P. Phelps, Port Charlotte, Florida; two sisters, Linda S. Phelps, Bridgewater, and Rebecca J. Longley, North Pomfret; and one granddaughter, Vivian Phelps.
He was predeceased by his father, Louis D. Phelps Jr.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, 05773; or to Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Assn. and Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, 05701.
This obituary will also appear in the March 9, 2017 edition of the Vermont Standard.
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