Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - JoAnn Phelps

Sunday's Obituary - JoAnn Phelps

[Photo and Obit Courtesy of Coon Rapid Enterprise, 24 May 2012]

JoAnn Phelps, 73 of Bayard, died Tuesday, May 15, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the First United Methodist Church
in Coon Rapids. Officiating will be Pastor Lynn Gunderson. Organist will be Lula Garnes.

MAY 5, 1939-MAY 15, 2012

Born on May 5, 1939 at Carroll, JoAnn was the daughter of Ray and Helen (Brock) Schauf. She grew up in Bayard and graduated from Bayard High School in 1957. Following graduation she worked in Des Moines at Blue Cross and Blue Shield. JoAnn was united in marriage to Earl Lee Phelps on August 24, 1958 at the United Methodist Church in Bayard. Earl Lee and JoAnn lived their entire
lifetime on their farm southwest of Bayard. JoAnn helped on the farm and with their blacksmith shop until 1986 when she started working at the Bayard Nursing Home and Rehab Center, later working at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids until her retirement in 2009. JoAnn was also an EMT-B with the Bayard Ambulance Service for many years. JoAnn and Earl Lee were avid Harley riders and took trips to the northwest and western states and spent many years going to Sturgis, SD. She enjoyed her Shelby GT 500 and taking it to trips to Las Vegas and Colorado. Once she retired she became a member of the Bayard Red Hat Club and enjoyed her morning coffee group. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids.

JoAnn never knew a stranger and was always happy to visit with her friends and neighbors. She also enjoyed watching her grandson Jacob’s soccer games and school events and spending time with family. She was never far from her sister Charlotte. Survivors include her son, Don (Pam) Phelps of Coon Rapids, her daughter, Jody (Dave) Evans of Altoona, and one grandchild, Jacob Evans of Altoona; one sister, Charlotte Ault of Bayard, three brothers, Jack (Mae) Schauf of Ocala, FL, James (Shannon) Schauf, of Overland Park, KS, and Bob (Roseanne) Schauf, of Rio Grande, NM, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Earl Lee in 2010, and a son, Michael Dean Phelps, in infancy.


JoAnn was my 2nd Cousin once removed, but seemed closer. She was a regular at the annual Kinnick-Williams picnic, as were we, as I was growing up. We graduated high school the same year in neighboring towns (now consolidated).

Families are Forever! ;-)


  1. She sounds a really fun person; my condolences.

  2. It sounds like she lived a good life. :-)

  3. Thanks, for both comments. She led a good life, for sure! ;-)