Fred Vern Phelps

December 29, 1931 ‒ November 21, 2020

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Fred Phelps, age 88, of Mt. Gilead, OH died at his home Saturday morning, November 21, 2020.  He was born in Perry Township, Gallia County, OH on December 29, 1931, to Enoch Phelps and Malisa Ross Phelps.  Fred grew up around the Delaware and Morrow County area.  He joined the Air Force on 27 July 1950 serving over 20 years and retiring on 31 December 1970. He married Anita Wiese on the 10th of October 1952.

After his service in the Air Force, he worked for Diebold, Phoenix, AZ installing banking equipment.  Later he became co-owner of Fred’s Erector’s and continued in the business of installing banking equipment until his second retirement in 1995 and retiring to Kingman, AZ.  After the passing of his wife (Anita) in 1997, Fred moved back to Ohio.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Anita; daughter, Yancy; granddaughters, Melissa White and Danielle Phelps.

Surviving Fred are his 3 sons, Fred Phelps Jr. of Phoenix, AZ, Elden Phelps and daughter-in-law Rhonda Phelps of Wichita, KS, Daniel Phelps and daughter-in-law Kimberly Phelps of Mt. Gilead, OH; 2 daughters, Zola Lane and son-in-law Robert of Clarkson, KY, Lauren Barker and Shawn of Duncan, OK; grandchildren, Christopher White, Samantha Lane, Sara Fox, Aaron White, Joshua Lane, Androlynd Phelps, Jaxon Phelps and Brylee Phelps, Athena Jordan and Annabelle Barker; great-grandchildren, Christopher Fox, Nathan Fox, and Olivia Lane.

Friends may call from 5PM to 7PM on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware.   Graveside Service will be at 2PM on Wednesday at Oak Grove Cemetery, 334 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, OH.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Phelps family.  Please visit to share a memory or condolence with the family.

  • You are an awesome Dad! My best friend, partner in crime. I’ll miss you so greatly. I get it Dad, ” Let it go,!” I figured it out, totally awesome Pop. Night,night, with a love that can never be measured!
    Lovingly, always your
    Oly, Zola

  • Zola, I’m so sorry for your loss. Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 – There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die… a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. God be with you and your family, Hugs my friend!

  • Elden and Rhonda so sorry for the loss of your Father . I hope you find comfort in all the memories you have shared together throughout the years . I will be praying for you both and all your family members.

  • So sorry for your loss, and the passing of your Father. Our Deepest Sympathy and Condolences. Ronnie/Sondra

  • Eldon and Rhonda,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your father.
    I always looked up to him. He was an inspiration as to what I would like to be when I grew up.
    He was a good man.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.