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Bruce Silas Phelps

March 5, 1940 — November 28, 2023


Bruce Silas Phelps, a dedicated elementary school guidance counselor and beloved family man, passed away on November 28, 2023, in Independence, Missouri. He was born on March 5, 1940, in Portland, Oregon to Otis Ira Phelps and Eleanor Mae (Baldwin) Phelps. Bruce's passing leaves a void in the lives of his family and friends, who will forever cherish his memory.

Bruce valued education greatly and diligently pursued his own studies. He graduated from Morehead High School in Minnesota in 1958 before obtaining his bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University in 1962. Continuing his academic journey, he completed his master's degree at North Dakota State University in 1968. Bruce dedicated his career to shaping young minds as an elementary school guidance counselor for the Raytown Consolidated School District #2. His passion for helping children navigate their way through school and life left a profound impact on countless students until his retirement in 1997.

Outside of his professional life, Bruce was deeply involved in various community organizations. He served as a scout master and chaplain for both the boy scout camps and the Community of Christ Skylarks, Orioles, and O'Teens. These activities provided him with opportunities to guide and mentor young individuals beyond the classroom walls.

Known for his warm personality and kindness, Bruce was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Many considered him not only a relative but also a second father due to the care and support he provided throughout their lives. His keen sense of humor brought joy to those around him.

In addition to his professional accomplishments and family life, Bruce actively pursued hobbies that brought him immense happiness. He enjoyed cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. Furthermore, he found great joy in attending sporting events and school activities of not only his own children, but also his grandchildren.

As a man of faith, Bruce's proudest accomplishments revolved around his involvement in the New Hope Community of Christ. He served as an elder, and was a pastor there for four years, offering guidance and spiritual support to his fellow church members. Bruce was also an active member of the church choir and played a pivotal role in youth ministry, as well as teaching Sunday School.

He is survived by his loving wife Shirley Phelps, who stood by his side throughout their journey together. Their union blessed them with two children: Becky (Eddie) White and David (Terri) Phelps. Bruce's grandchildren, Ben (Alicia) White, Jonny White, Mitchell White, Andy (Caroline) Phelps, Rachel Phelps, and Brandon Green, and great-grandchildren, J.D. White and Teddy Phelps brought immeasurable joy to his life. Additionally, there is great anticipation for another great-granddaughter on the way. Bruce is also survived by his brothers, Ray Phelps and Pat Phelps, and sister, Darlene Braun. Bruce was preceded in passing by his parents, Otis and Eleanor Phelps, as well as his brothers Vernon Phelps, Dennis Phelps, Rick Phelps, Roger Phelps, and Leslie Phelps. Although his passing leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew him, his memory will forever be cherished.

A memorial service will be held to honor Bruce’s life at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at New Hope Community of Christ located at 220 W. Moore, Independence, Missouri 64050.

Bruce Silas Phelps lived a life guided by compassion and dedication to others. His impact on the lives of students as a guidance counselor and member of his faith community as an elder and pastor will be remembered for generations to come. His family will forever cherish the memories they shared with him, remembering him as not only a beloved family member but also a pillar of strength and wisdom. May he rest in eternal peace and may his legacy serve as an inspiration to all who knew him.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Gathering

Saturday, December 9, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

New Hope Community of Christ

220 W Moore St, Independence, MO 64050

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