Harvey W. Phelps
June 27, 1922 - June 22, 2018
Harvey W. Phelps, M.D., 95, of Pueblo, Colo., passed away June 22, 2018. Survived by children, Castle (Robyn) Phelps, Stuart (Susan) Phelps, Martha (Joseph) DeMers; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife, Adah L. Phelps; daughter, Frances Phelps; parents; brothers, Chester and Charles Phelps.
Harvey was born to Harvey J. Phelps and H. Twinet Phelps on June 27, 1922, in Pueblo, Colo. and was raised in Fowler, Colo.
Harvey finished one year of pre-med before enlisting in the US Navy on Aug. 19, 1942. He served as a Corpsman with the Marines on Guadalcanal. While convalescing from Yellow Fever overseas, was inducted into the V12 program and sent home to finish his pre-med education at the University of Idaho, Southern Branch – Pocatello, Idaho. Upon graduation he then attended the Saint Louis University Medical School where he met Adah L. Godbold. They were married on Sept. 1, 1948.
At the end of Medical School Harvey chose to join the US Army to complete his medical education and was sent to Brook Army Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas for his medical internship. He completed the internship on June 1, 1950, and a few weeks later was on a troop ship to Korea. Harvey proudly served as a Battalion Surgeon on the front line in northern Korea.
During his military career, he was a member of the first Los Angeles air pollution variance board and when stationed in Japan, he was the first to conclusively connect pollution to emphysema in what he initially called Tokyo-Yokohama asthma.
Harvey retired from military service on June 30, 1966, and entered private medical practice in Pueblo, doing pioneering work in the treatment of lung diseases including providing the evidential data to help win the first Black Lung benefits for coal miner’s lawsuits in New Mexico. He then went on to serve two terms as the Pueblo County Coroner, two terms as the S-25 district State Senator, one term as Regent for the University of Colorado and then retired from public service.
Harvey greatly enjoyed the family cabin above Lake Isabel, his antique cars and antique gas engines. He was active in the Shriners & Flivvers, Front Range Antique Power Association, Model A Club and the First United Methodist Church.
Visitation, 9 a.m. followed by the funeral, 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at First United Methodist Church, 310 W. 11th St., Pueblo. Reception to follow. Interment will follow at Fowler Cemetery.
Memorials to Frances Phelps Memorial Scholarship: Southwestern College, Attn: Institutional Advancement, 100 College St., Winfield, KS 67156-2499.
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