Clayton A. Phelps

Sept. 20, 1920 – March 16, 2010

Clayton A. Phelps, 89, of Mukwonago, formerly of Waukesha, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at the home of his daughter with his family at his side. He was born Sept. 20, 1920, in Utica, N.Y., the son of Lansing and Ella (Wiswall) Phelps.

He proudly served his country during World War II. Clayton married the late Eileen Marley on Aug. 22, 1943, in Chadwicks, N.Y. They were married for 52 years before her death in 1995.

Clayton worked as an electrician all of his life and was most proud of his positions at Syracuse University in New York and as master chief electrician at Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee. In his retirement, he was an active member of American Legion Post No. 375 of Mukwonago. Clayton’s favorite place, especially after retirement, was "up north at the cabin" in Pelican Lake with his family. He loved laughter, basking in the victory of his many cribbage games at the kitchen table, and "watching the lake go by."

Clayton is survived by his children, Judith (Frank) Geiger of Waukesha, Nancy (Dale) Fleenor of Madison, Kenneth (Joanne) Phelps of Mukwonago and Thomas (Karen) Phelps of Brookfield; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Clayton died the night before St. Patrick’s Day, meeting his wife, who he called "Irish," in heaven.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral service Sunday, March 21, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Burial will be held privately at Prairie Home Cemetery, Waukesha.

Memorials may be made to Dan and Marilyn Anderson Hospice Care, Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to for directions or to leave an online tribute.