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Mahlon Jack Phelps

November 7, 1938 March 8, 2008
Mahlon Jack Phelps
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Obituary for Mahlon Jack Phelps

Mahlon Jack Phelps, 69, of Vinton, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2008, at his home in Vinton due to cancer.    Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at Russell Funeral Home in Vinton with Chaplain Dave Soldner officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 6 to 8 PM Monday, March 10, and one hour prior to services Tuesday. Interment will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.    Mahlon was born November 7, 1938, to James Francis and Lois Abbott Phelps at their home in rural Black Hawk County. He attended Vinton High School, where he holds the weight-lifting record for repetitive one-arm curls.    After winning her heart by serenading her with Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender,” Mahlon was united in marriage with Carole Lea Selk at the Little Brown Church in Nashua on April 3, 1960. The couple lived on their acreage in rural Shellsburg for 20 years, moving to Vinton in January of 2008.    Mahlon was a jack of all trades, working as a welder at Perfex, a cook at the county home and an Interstate maintenance technician. He also worked for many years in general sales and was an aspiring children’s author. He retired in 2000.    He attended Shellsburg Presbyterian Church. Mahlon’s hobbies included fishing, hunting, playing cards, visiting the casino, and singing. His greatest joy was playing with his children, grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.    Mahlon is survived by his wife, Carole Phelps, of Vinton; two sons: James Mahlon (Kathy) Phelps of Shellsburg, and Thomas Selk (Duska) Phelps of Vinton; three daughters: Tammy Hobbs of Vinton, Shelly Mather of Shellsburg and Melissa Ann Wiese of Vinton; granddaughters: Kellie Hobbs, Noelle, Morgan, Mercedes and Mahlonna Phelps; grandsons: Donnie, Luke and Ryan Mather and Clayton Phelps; great-granddaughters: Shyrah Hobbs and Vivian Mather; three aunts: Iris Walters and Jane Abbott, both of Waterloo, and Nancy Abbott of Dysart; and numerous cousins, including Johnny Joe Vance of rural Keystone.    He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter-in-law, Jo Phelps.    A memorial fund has been established.    You may leave a condolence for the family at


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