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Idaho State Journal, 04/08/02
“Each of us has a mission to fulfill, a mission of love. At the hour of death, when we
come face-to-face with our Creator, we will be judged on love, not on how much we have
done but on how much love we have put into our actions.”
— Mother Teresa
IDAHO FALLS — Having lived this life to the fullest, the loving and gentle spirit of Lloyd
Fae Phelps began a new journey on Saturday, April 6, 2002.
Lloyd will be remembered for his respect and reverence for nature and the peace and
solitude it brought to him. His life was distinguished by his devotion for his family and
he found great joy watching each member mature and develop. Each of his grandchildren, as
well, had a special spot in his heart and he had great pride in all of their
Camaraderie of friends, his zest for story telling, and his love for the outdoors filled
his life. He was a gifted artisan whose creative inspiration came from seeing life itself
and who received personal fulfillment from teaching and helping of others.
Lloyd was born Oct. 8, 1923, in Montpelier, Idaho, to Willmer and Minnie Phelps. Following
high school graduation in Montpelier, Lloyd joined the Navy in 1943 where he served in
World War II as a radarman third class. Following discharge, he met and married Doris
Vivian Koeneman on June 23, 1946, at Butte, Mont. During the following years, they resided
in Pocatello, Montpelier, Conda, Soda Springs and Butte, Mont. Lloyd worked in the mining
industry until he retired in 1986 as mill superintendent with the Simplot Company in Soda
Springs. He and his wife moved to Idaho Falls in 1997.
Lloyd leaves behind a loving family: his wife Doris; daughter Shauna (Robert) Berg of
Idaho Falls; two sons, Larry (Kris) Phelps and Kerry (Becky) Phelps of Pocatello, and
daughter-in-law Penny Phelps of Idaho Falls; two brothers, Richard Phelps of Maryville,
Tenn.; Jerry (Mildred) Phelps of Garden City, Utah; eight grandchildren, and numerous
nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Jerry Michael Phelps.
His life will be celebrated in a private graveside family service on Tuesday, April 9, in
Idaho Falls. In lieu of flowers, the immediate family suggests that friends contribute
memorials to a charity of their choice.