James Harvey Phelps

August 25, 1945 ~ November 18, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old

James Phelps Obituary

James (Jim) Harvey Phelps passed away at home on Saturday, November 18th, 2023 surrounded by family. Jim was born August 25th, 1945 in Eldorado, IL to J.C. Phelps and Yutha (Little) Phelps. Jim married Sharon Kay (Miller) Phelps on June 27th, 1964. Jim worked several jobs throughout his life. Jim worked for the Illinois Secretary of State, Peabody Coal Co., ran J&J Repair, drove a bus for Eldorado schools, Newmont Gold Mine, Rogers Group, Fetch, and Phelps’ Concession. Jim loved, above all, his wife, sons, grandchildren, and family. He sang bass in the PeaceMakers and Harmony Echoes. Jim attended and rode horses at the Nine Day Trail Ride for over 50 years and could always be found in his workshop accomplishing a project. Jim is survived by his wife Sharon Phelps and two sons, J.D. (Erica) Phelps of Spring Creek, NV and Jeff (Cliffie) Phelps of Eldorado, IL; grandchildren Christine (Jeremy) Walters {Eldorado}, Sheena (Ryan) Ricaporte {Spring Creek, NV}, Alicia (Joe) DeGraw, Kiana Phelps (Fiancé Derrick Penrod) {Spring Creek, NV}, Weston, Charly and Kileah Lowery {Eldorado}, Katelyn and Callie Baker {Louisana}; great-grandchildren Isaac, Ezra and Oliver Burtis, Alana (Jerrett) Blair, Chloe, Anna, Leah and Wesley Ricaporte, Taylor (Zach) Mahon, Calvin, Stryker, Ruger, Paisley, Kane and Ellis; two sisters Brenda (Danny) Carter of Wisconsin and Vicki Metten of North Carolina, many special cousins, nieces and nephews. A special thank you would like to be extended to Paula Huey of Eldorado for all the support offered during these last few months. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at Colonial Terrace Funeral home in Eldorado with Rev. Aaron Phelps officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Dillingham Community Cemetery. Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family via the website

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November 21, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Colonial Terrace Funeral Home & Crematory
700 4th Street
Eldorado, IL 62930

Funeral Service
November 22, 2023

11:00 AM
Colonial Terrace Funeral Home & Crematory
700 4th Street
Eldorado, IL 62930


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