Michael Ray Phelps, 59, of Greenwood, passed away June 22, 2016.
He was born Feb. 13, 1957, in Indianapolis, to his parents George “Bill” and Shirley (Greene) Phelps.
Michael was a retired Army veteran of the 101st Airborne-Fire Rescue and worked for the Local 18 Indianapolis, Heat and Frost Insulators; he retired in 2000. He was a Mason, a member of the Greenwood VFW and attended Vineyard Church. Michael participated in the Civil War Round Table. He graduated from Greenwood High School, Class of 1975. He was a member of the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department for 13 years and of Asbestos Workers Local 18 Indianapolis.
Michael was the author of two books, “Dark and Bloody Ground” and “Dark and Bloody Ground, Sowing the Wind.”
He is survived by his children, Michael W. (Shannon Lochard) Phelps of Whiteland, Emily E. (Zachary Walkup) Phelps of New Whiteland and Anne M. (William Stevenson) Phelps of Greenwood; one sister, Roberta (Michael) Arthur of Whiteland; two brothers, Robert “Bob” Sue Phelps of Fruitdale and William “Bill” (Debbie) Phelps of Martinsville; seven grandchildren, Michael, Kaceik and Easton Phelps, Haiden Redinger, Hailey Statzer, Dalton Walkup and Brylee Lochard; his former wife, Christa Phelps; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and his beloved dog, Teddy. Special thank-you to the McClellan family for their support.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents, George and Shirley Phelps.
A celebration of life service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday, at the Vineyard Church, 512 S. Madison Greenwood, with visitation from 4 p.m. until service time at the church. Military honors will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be given to the Shirley Phelps Foundation for Kids in Need at Isom Elementary School, 50 E. Broadway St., Greenwood IN 46143.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Jessen Funeral Home, Whiteland Chapel.