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Mark J. Phelan

RANSOM, Ill. — Mr. Mark J. Phelan, 47, of Ransom, Ill., and formerly of the Charleston and Toledo, Ill., area, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Morris Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born May 31, 1966, in Streator, Ill., to Margaret "Peg" and Paul Phelan, and was raised in Ransom, attending Ransom Grade School and graduating with the Class of 1984 from Dwight High School.

He was the beloved son of Peg (Leake) and Paul Phelan of Ransom; loving brother of John (Kathy) of Seneca, Ill., the late Mary Kruger, and his twin, Matt (fiancee Becki) of Ransom; proud uncle of Elizabeth (James) Depew of Shelbyville, Ill., Katharine (Steve) Kinzler of Morris, Ill., and Andrew Kruger of Waxahachie, Texas; and dear great-uncle of Jeremiah Depew and Zak Kinzler.

Also surviving are three uncles, Edward J. (Barbara) Phelan of Joliet, Ill., Luke (Judy) Phelan of Maumee, Ohio, and Leo J. Phelan of Joliet; one aunt, Anne (James) McGowan of Bloomington, Ill.; and many cousins. He will also be missed by his canine companion, "Jacque".

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his sister.

Mark was employed for several years with the Farm Bureau, primarily in Coles County, although most recently, upon returning to Ransom, had been working in retail for Ace Hardware. He received an associate's degree in Horse Science from Blackhawk East College, leading to showing Arabian Horses for a short time before returning to school and attaining a bachelor's degree in Agriculture from Illinois State University in Normal.

Mark enjoyed life and, despite the turn of events on Tuesday, his family finds solace in knowing he lived his life to the fullest. Among his hobbies were travel, scuba diving, running, bicycling, horses and being outdoors (at least during the summer months).

Funeral services for Phelan will be Saturday at Sacred Heart Church, 219 Emmett St., Kinsman, Ill., 60437, where a Mass of Christain Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. with Fr. John Hornicak officiating. Interment to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Ransom.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 1201 West U.S. 6, at Deerpath Drive, Morris.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mark's name can be made to the Seneca Fire Department EMS or the Morris Hospital. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, Morris. For more information, call (815) 942-5040 or log onto

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