Mark Phelps 1958-2022 | News, sports, jobs

Roanoke, Virginia – With friends and family and under the care of Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Mark Phelps of Roanoke, Virginia completed his journey in this world on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Born on March 11, 1958, to Robert and Betty Phelps, Mark lived his early life in Warren, Ohio, and graduated in 1976 from Warren Western Reserve High School. Mark attended Case Western Reserve University and graduated from the School of Engineering with honors in 1980. He was raised at First Baptist Church in Warren and lived in a neighborhood that was a haven for all the children with whom Mark shared childhood memories.

As a teenager, Mark was an explorer and scout and was involved in building a hang glider; Through his chaplain, he got acquainted with backpacks; With WWR Ski Club, learn to ski; And as a young man, he began sailing. He became an ardent enthusiast for challenging outdoor experiences. Adventure trips with his brothers Sigma Alpha Epsilon and a vacation from his career to spend the winter in France enjoying the people and world-class skiing, were appreciated. Always active as an adult, Mark played and coached football. He was great with kids and later got into rocket modeling as a hobby he could share with his younger nephews and friends.

Mark’s career with General Electric in Salem, Virginia spanned four decades. Initially, he worked as a field engineer on large turbine facilities. Later, Mark worked on systems and teams coordinating computer programming for power system controls and selecting devices to support control functions. The support of his co-workers and leaders early in his career was essential in his transition, once he was handicapped.

Fortunately, Mark thrived on technology and was able to continually enhance his independence by perfecting and deploying technical aids. He had tremendous patience, a strong mind, and innate problem-solving abilities, which served him and those around him well. Mark seemed to know how to get any task done.

Mark has influenced many people in the Roanoke Valley area. He had the most amazing network of caregivers that enabled him to maintain a level of independence in the face of his disability. It was this network that made it possible to make many cruises and visits to the shores of East Virginia. He was known for offering a supportive approach to others, an acknowledgment that while he needed a lot of help, he enjoyed helping others and was happy with the personal victories they shared with him.

A prolific volunteer, Mark worked with the Dale Carnegie Program. free basis; The Roanoke County Library has taught a job training class at Goodwill. Mark has been active in Toastmasters for many years and thrived on the opportunity to become a better speaker, support others and participate in competitions. He served as a board member for the Blue Ridge Independent Living Center and found it very exciting to be chosen as a judge for the Miss Wheelchair Virginia contest in 2008.

Mark left behind many friends to memorialize, among them the caregivers who remained committed to his well-being, especially Mrs. Joyce Shepherd.

He is survived by his sister Susan Koehler of Norfolk, Virginia..and nephews, Lee Koehler of Rapid City, SD, and Paul Koehler of Roanoke, Virginia.

He was preceded to death by his parents.

The visit is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Oakey’s South Chapel in Roanoke, Virginia. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2022, also at Oakey’s South Chapel.

Souvenirs, in Mark’s name, may be given to the Free Roanoke, Virginia Foundation.

Arrangements entrusted to Oakey’s funeral service – South Chapel, Roanoke, Virginia, 540-989-3131.

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