John Wayne Phelps, 72, of Hooksett, died August 12, 2021 at Community Hospice House in Merrimack after a long period of declining health.
He was born in Cambridge, MA on May 5, 1949 to Leroy and Ann (Murphy) Phelps. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Electronics in 1978.
As the son of a military veteran, he lived in many locations throughout the U.S. before settling in Hooksett 36 years ago.
He served in the U.S. Army and did two tours of duty in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of the American Legion Sweeney Post in Manchester.
Wayne worked at Raytheon Corporation as an electronics maintenance technician for many years.
He was an avid reader and fan of all Boston sports teams and enjoyed tennis, music and cribbage. He also enjoyed traveling and had visited many countries. He especially enjoyed time spent with his family and had followed his daughter, Kristen, to many horse shows that she participated in. He had also assisted her in her business as a professional photographer.
Wayne was a family oriented person who had a good sense of humor. He will be remembered as a kind and gentle man.
He was predeceased by his parents.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Simonne (Lemire) Phelps of Hooksett; his beloved daughter, Kristen Phelps of Dover; two sisters, Ruthann Hall of Shadyside, MD and Donna Sherwood and her husband, Rob, of Stevensville, MD; his mother-in-law, Pauline (Lemire) Lessard of Bedford; sister-in-law, Suzanne Lemire of Hooksett; brother-in-law, Paul Lemire and his wife, Kelly, of Hooksett; and cousins, nieces and nephews.
SERVICES: Calling hours are Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., Manchester. The family requests that all attending would please wear a mask. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 10 School St., Allenstown. Committal prayers will follow at Mt. Calvary Mausoleum, 474 Goffstown Rd., Manchester.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.