Charles (Chuck) Phelps, 80, of Holcomb, passed away on November 3rd, 2022, in his home surrounded by family after battling cancer. Chuck was greeted by his loyal companions, Minnie and Trixie, at the Rainbow Bridge and are now off on their next adventure. Charles or “Chuck” as he liked to be called, was born in Compton, IL to Leroy and Virginia Phelps on January 30th, 1942. He graduated from Stillman Valley High School in 1960. He married Diana McCarthy on July 7th,1962 in Rockford and later divorced in 1982. Charles then married Lorena Ray on February 5th, 1983. He worked as a Building Engineer for the Rockford Board of Education for many years.
He was involved in boy scouts as a Webelos leader and with little league as a coach. Chuck also enjoyed camping and served as a campground host at Mississippi Palisades State Park. Charles was also an avid railfan and spent many days wandering the countryside looking for a good spot to watch trains. He was also a huge fan of Sullivans bi-annual meat sale and made plans months in advance for what his purchase would be. Charles is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Catherine (Katy), and wife Lorena.
Charles is survived by children Gary Phelps (Gustavo Moreno), David (Tanya) Phelps. Scott (Renee) Phelps, and Jennifer (Mike) Winch. Bonus, or stepchildren, Sheri Adkins (Mike Garst, Cisco Luciano) and Jefferson Adkins. Very proud grandpa to Broady Garst, Ariel Winch, Danielle Canzoneri, Logan Bell, Dylan Phelps, Megan Lockinger, Brenden Phelps, Berkley Phelps Melody Phelps, Mason Adkins and Madelyn Adkins. Great grandpa to 8. Cremation rights were accorded.
A celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given to Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Rockford IL. The family of Charles wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the staff at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, the staff at Generations at Neighbors, especially his favorite nurse, Myrna. We would also like to thank the many caregivers who took care of him when he came home and the many wonderful people from Serenity Hospice & Home who made it possible for us to bring our dad home.