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Thomas Virgil Phelan 1951 - 2021
Thomas Virgil Phelan

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Thomas Virgil Phelan passed away on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 at John C. Lincoln Memorial Hospital in  Phoenix, Ariz. at the age of 69. He was born on Nov. 19, 1951 in Great Bend, Kan. A Midwestern man at heart, he grew up in the small town of Holyrood, Kan. and attended Holyrood Rural High School, Barton County Community College, Fort Hays State University and Emporia State University. In his younger years, he worked for Air Midwest, Inc. and had the opportunity to travel the globe but loved Kansas most of all. A creative thinker and entrepreneur, Tom conceptualized, founded and operated Plum Creek Kennel with his brothers, Mark and John Phelan and friend Dave Robinette. He was a free spirit and his adventures have become family legends. 

In 2007, Tom moved to Phoenix, Ariz. A proud father and grandfather, he spent his later years supporting his grandchildren from the sidelines of all their sporting events and never turned down the opportunity to babysit. Tom is loved and adored by his daughter Tess, son-in-law Spencer and their children, Harper, Quinn and Arie Chupinsky; and son Cody, daughter-in-law Lauren and their children Mya, Brooklyn and Parker Phelan. He is also survived by his sister Rita McCarthy; and brothers, Patrick, Dennis, Mark and John Phelan; devoted friend Debbie Hughes; and 14 nieces and nephews and their families.

Please visit for online condolences.

Funeral arrangements provided by

Hansen Mortuary 

8314 N. 7th St. 

Phoenix, AZ 85020

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Feb. 12, 2021