James kennedy Phelps

September 02, 1932 ‒ August 06, 2020


James Kennedy Phelps, age 87, passed away peacefully at his home in Marengo, Ohio, on Thursday, August 6, 2020.

James was born in Flushing, NY on September 2, 1932, to Frank H. Phelps  and Grace L. (Chenoweth) Phelps, both of whom preceded him in death.  He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Johanna (Stachowiak) Phelps; two sons, Dwight Phelps  of Columbus and Devon Phelps  of Cardington; three daughters, Diana (Gary) Lawson of Arizona, Donna Phelps  of Canada, and Deborah (Dennis) Burian of Oklahoma; as well as 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

James proudly served his country in the Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1954.  He then worked for Northrup Grumann as a methods engineer for over 30 years – a position in which he received great accolades for a job well done.  He is described by his family as a man who enjoyed boating, as well as his home life, especially spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Devore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Phelps  family.  Please share a memory or condolence at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
  • Diana,
    I am sorry to read of your loss. I always thought of your father as a man who was really intelligent who managed to raise a family of genius’. I am sure your mom was involved as well. We will keep you in our prayers.
    Dan and Candy Tripp

    • Thank you for your kind words; our family appreciates them. Genius is quite a compliment 🙂

  • I’m so sorry. He always gad a smile, and he loved to tease and tell jokes. He was a food neighbor with a wave when he was out. Prayers to all of the family, and may yiu feel God’s loving embrace in the coming days.
    Love, Cherie Riggs Smith

  • Thank you so much, Cherie. I’ve always remembered—and always will remember—how well our dads got along. The good memories count.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts go out to the whole family!
    Carlene Higgins Coffman

  • I am sorry for your loss. May God bless and give the family peace. Sincerely from the Cleveland’s. Helen, Al and Becky

  • So very sorry for your sudden loss. Donna…lots of memories…hang on to the best. Condolences to the entire family.

  • My family sends its condolences. My parents Pete and Dean remember him fondly. Our prayers are with the family.