Phelps, R. Patrick, Essexville, Michigan


Passed away suddenly Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at the age of 61 years. He was born January 11, 1950 to the late Ilene (Leslie) and Robert Phelps. He graduated from Whittemore-Prescott High School in 1968. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 1974. He married Patricia E. Ruhl July 1, 1977 and she survives him. He retired from Delphi in 2008. Pat was an avid golfer and sports fanatic. He was currently a member of Maple Hill Golf Club. Surviving besides his wife are three daughters, Jaime Rennick and her husband, Marshall, Troy, Michigan; Sarah Phelps, Essexville; Kary Schafer and her husband, Chad, Chicago, Illinois; three grandchildren, Scott Rau, and Owen and Oliver Rennick. He also leaves three brothers and one sister, Al (Sue) Phelps, Las Vegas; Chris Brown, Oklahoma City; Dr. John (Dr. Karen Machleit) Phelps, Cincinnati; Gene (Karen) Phelps, Chicago; many nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Virginia Ruhl. He was predeceased by his sister, Roi Ann Germain; his niece, Grace Phelps; his nephew, Ryan Brown; and his father-in-law, James R. Ruhl. The funeral service will take place on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road. His brother, Dr. John Phelps, will officiate. Friends may call at the chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road, from 1:00 p.m. until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Whittemore-Prescott Athletic Association. www.casefuneralhome.com