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OBITUARIO

Edward "Pete" William Phelan

7 octubre , 194016 enero , 2020
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Colonel Edward William Phelan, “Pete”, retired US Army, age 79, went home to the Lord on January 16, 2020 in Carrollton, Texas. Currently living in Keller, Texas, Colonel Phelan had a long battle with cancer and found peace with his passing while surrounded by loved ones.

Born on October 7, 1940 in Superior, Wisconsin, Colonel Phelan grew up in North Dakota and Washington state. After enlisting in the US Army, Col. Phelan attained several degrees including a Bachelor of Biological Science from North Dakota University, an MBA from Pepperdine University, and a Master of Science from Florida Institute of Technology. During his career, Colonel Phelan received numerous decorations, medals, and badges for his service in Vietnam and Iraq. In addition to his military achievements, Colonel Phelan lead many peacekeeping missions for the United Nations, most notably Kuwait, Cambodia, Kosovo and Liberia. Colonel Phelan was the director for logistics and communication operations. His service truly made the world a better place with his global impact.

Survivors include his loving wife, Margie Goode Phelan, of Keller, their children: daughter Jamie Bird and son-in-law Timothy Bird, daughter Kaitlyn Phelan, and daughter Elizabeth Phelan and future son-in-law Donny Phinney and grandchildren Sophia, Amelia, Eloise, Suzannah, and soon to make an appearance, Baby “Muffin” Phinney.

From his first marriage, Colonel Phelan is survived by former spouse, Justine Tarrant and their children Peter Phelan, Patricia (Phelan) Smith and son-in-law Richard Smith, Paul Phelan, Patrick Phelan and daughter in law Megan (Fitzroy) Phelan, and grandchildren Joshua, Megan, Olivia, Jordan, Michael, Lillian, and Brooklyn.

Colonel Phelan is preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Cloa Phelan, father, Edward Phelan, mother Myrtle Burkhart, along with two brothers. Survived by his sister Patricia (Phelan) Briggs and brother-in-law Lawrence Briggs.

Although Colonel Phelan made a positive impact world-wide in his career, he will mostly be remembered as a loving father and doting grandfather.

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  • Family gathering with family & friends miércoles, 22 enero , 2020
  • Celebration of Life miércoles, 22 enero , 2020
  • Military Service jueves, 23 enero , 2020

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Gerry Buckley

25 enero , 2020

I first met Col Phelan (Pete) in 1991 when we both served in UNIKOM (United Nations Iraq Kuwait Observation Mission) he was the Chief Logistics Officer for the Mission. Pete was an incredible person, talented beyond belief, he always planned ahead and he was a fantastic man to work with. I will never forget his friendship and how much I learned from him. He subsequently left the US Army and joined the service of the UN, He brought a vision to the UN that changed how the Organization functioned. May God bless his soul and help his family through this difficult time.

Derrick John Jeffrey

23 enero , 2020

TRIBUTE TO A MOUNTAIN––––of a man
I met Peter Phelan when I was sent to Cambodia (UNTAC). He was my boss’s boss.
He would compliment me on the hat I wore, which he knew to be a Stetson and I being ignorant as to what is a Stetson gracefully accepted his compliment. He later suggested a few modifications to the bio-degradable human waste system I invented and in conjunction with UN consultant engineers he gave the go-ahead. It proved to be a success and I could not have done it without his input. To me, Peter Phelan was a mountain of a man. If you asked me to describe a mountain I would have to pause to reflect on words such as magnificent and fantastic. Those are the cocoons in which I would place Peter Phelan. Like a mountain, he was the provider of water through which many rivers and tributaries of knowledge flow. Peter Phelan's contribution traversed several countries, evoking thoughts and awakening consciousness with sound decisions. From his rivers of knowledge and inspiration to subordinates came a torrent of respect for this mountain of a man. Like the majesty of great mountains; rising from the depths of energy, harvesting all the elements of the land; putting the sparkle in diamonds and the luster in gold over rain, wind and the time he took to demystify complex issues with his management style. Like a mountain, Peter Phelan grew in strength from conflict lands less known to lands well known. He put the sparkle in his family of subordinates and the luster of all those who graced his presence, sprinkling his magic dust of kindness in the shadows of his footsteps. We may never climb Mount Everest, gaze upon the Swiss Alps, touch the snow on the Matterhorn or bathe in the wind of Kilimanjaro. The fact that we at some point knew Peter Phelan and he knew and loved us will remain a shared adventure in our hearts and minds; like any great mountain we are challenged in his memory to continue climbing towards excellence.

Peter Hornsby

22 enero , 2020

Pete and I worked together in UNTAC where I served as his deputy and we maintained contact after we went our separate ways. A person of absolute integrity, highly knowledgeable and possessed of a great sense of humour it was both a pleasure and a privilege to have known and worked with him. Condolences from both me and from Nid Komalabhuti to the family. Rest in peace Pete, you are already missed.

Jan Selby (was McMillan)

22 enero , 2020

Sincerest sympathy to family and friends. Mr (COL) Phelan was one of my first 'bosses' when I joined the UN. I have immense respect, gratitude and the fondest of memories serving in UNTAC and UNPROFOR with him.....RIP Mr Phelan

Frank Sanchez

22 enero , 2020

It was my pleasure to have served with Peter at the UN when he was Head of the Logistics Department in NY in the late 90’s. Peter was a great guy and leader. I enjoyed our working and personal relationship.

My condolences to his family in this difficult time. He will be missed

Silvia Garces

22 enero , 2020

I worked with P. Phelan at the United Nations in Cambodia, New York and Kovoso. He was a person of integrity. He became a mentor and I looked up to him. Thanks to people like P. Phelan, many of us where inspired to go to work everyday and contribute to a better world. He was a fantastic manager and his door was always open.
My condolences to Margie and the family.

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