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 William Edward “Bill” Phelan

William Edward “Bill” Phelan

Birth
Currie, Murray County, Minnesota, USA
Death 2 Nov 2012 (aged 90)
Tracy, Lyon County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Currie, Murray County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 101027987 · View Source
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Bill was born the son of Francis J. & Brida M. (Kavanaugh) Phelan. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in Currie. After a lengthy bout with Inflammatory Rheumatism that kept him out of school while his mother cared for him, he graduated from I.H.M. High School in June of 1943. The youngest of five children, he grew up in the concrete block house, built from the Phelan owned Des Moines Cement & Tile Works, across the street from the church. During his childhood he worked in the theatre in Currie as an usher and later he worked for two grocery stores in town, delivering groceries in his wagon.

Bill moved to the Phelan farm and farmed along with his brother Vincent, and Uncles, William J., Jr. and James his whole life. In his later years of farming he worked as a hired man for several neighbors. He retired from farming in 1991, but remained on the farm until the fall of 2006, when he became a resident of Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy.

He was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Currie and his faith was very important to him. He unselfishly donated to the missions, following the example set by his mother in doing the same. Bill enjoyed playing softball in his younger years, and enjoyed fishing, music, local high school sports, watching town team baseball, listening to the Minnesota Twins and watching Vikings Football. He loved to play the accordion, of which he owned several over the years, and enjoyed playing for family and friends. Bill also liked to travel, and made many trips with his brother, Vincent to visit their family in other states, as well as, traveling to places such as New Orleans, Colorado, and Thunder Bay, Ontario in Canada.

Bill died at the Prairie View Healthcare Center at the age of 90, surrounded by friends and family.

Bill is survived by his many nieces, nephews and their families, who cared about him for many years, and many friends.

His parents, his three brothers, Joseph (Florence) Phelan, Gerald (Flossie) Phelan and Vincent (Alicia) Phelan and one sister, Marie (Loren) Anderson and their spouses preceded him in death.

Services will be held November 9, 2012 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Currie.

Blessed be his memory.


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  • Created by: Judy
  • Added: 20 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101027987
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Edward “Bill” Phelan (21 Dec 1921–2 Nov 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101027987, citing Calvary Cemetery, Currie, Murray County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Judy (contributor 46880849) .