Lowell M. Phelps, 67, of Wood River, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at his residence.
He was born on Oct. 6, 1947, in Corinth, Ill., the son of the later Cecil and Harriett (Gaul) Phelps. He married the former Linda J. Graczyk on Aug. 23, 2003, in Wood River and she survives. Other survivors include several grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, Faith Teets; one sister and brother-in-law, Thelma and Glen Wuehler of Hamel; one brother and sister-in-law, Cecil “Bud” and Theresa Phelps of Granite City; a stepson, William Neal II; a step-daughter: Toni Graczyk, several nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.
He was formerly employed as an operator at Granite City Steel, retiring in 2001. He was a member of the Worden American Legion 564 and the Wood River Moose 1349. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Jodie Clayton and Susan Smith; one grandson, Jeffrey Smith; a brother, Norval Phelps; and one sister, Wanda Upchurch.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto with full military rites by the Ritual Team of Worden American Legion 564.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Linda Phelps and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Online guestbook available at www.pitchfordfuneralhome.com.
Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River is in charge of arrangements.