John “Jack” Phelan died May 24 in Grass Valley with his family by his side. He was 90.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Monday, June 2, at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City. Burial will take place at St. Patrick’s Church in Grass Valley.

Mr. Phelan was born Nov. 13, 1917, in Nevada City to Kyran and Mary (Cox) Phelan. He lived his early life on the family farm near Cherokee on the North San Juan Ridge. His parents had a large family of 12. He graduated from Cherokee grammar school in 1932. He married Ardith McQuinn on Oct. 27, 1940, at St. Canice Church in Nevada City. He became a miner at a young age, underground, at the North Star Mine. Later, he worked in the woods and at Saw Mills including Pendolas, Brunswick and Cal-Ida, in Auburn. He retired in 1979 after 44 years of hard work.

After retirement, he and his wife traveled to popular sites in the United States, including Hawaii. Most recently, he enjoyed his garden, growing apples, and time visiting with long-time friends. He and several others were regular cribbage players. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. He was a life member of the Nevada City Elks Lodge # 518.

Mr. Phelan is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ardith; son and daughter-in-law, John and Irene; daughter, Anna; grandsons Richard and wife Cathy and Jeffery; great-granddaughters Meaghan and Kelley, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kyran and Mary; four brothers and seven sisters.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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