Cecil Phelps, 90, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at the Hospice House of Bowling Green. He was the son of the late Clarence and Helen Phelps, of Beaver Dam. Cecil was born on June 22, 1930, in Prentiss.
Cecil graduated from Cromwell High School in 1948, and attended Draughon’s Business School. He joined the Air Force in August of 1950, where he graduated first in his class, and then transferred to Japan. After his discharge from the Air Force, he attended Western Kentucky University in 1954. Subsequently, he was hired by the Philco Battery Company (Lockheed Martin Corp) as their first tech rep, and traveled on assignments to Japan, Saudi Arabia and California through 1959. He was an executive who managed and operated worldwide satellite operations at various tracking stations throughout the world. In 1960, while on a temporary assignment at Patrick Air Force Base, he was on the forefront of satellite reconnaissance. During that same year, he took a $25 trip to Cuba, where he met his bride-to-be, Cacilda. Although Cecil didn’t speak Spanish and Cacilda didn’t speak English, they were married two weeks later, resulting in a 61-year worldwide journey.
Although Cecil’s job required extensive moves, he made sure that he always brought his family along (including his dog, Lady). Family moves included California, Virginia, Kentucky, Alaska, New Hampshire, California, Guam, Hawaii, California, Guam, Seychelle Islands, New Hampshire, and retiring in California. While the extensive travel was challenging, it resulted in making many life-long friends and memories.
From there Cecil and Cacilda moved back to Kentucky, where they spent many summers enjoying their favorite pastime, which was driving his RV across the country with family and friends, and spending many winters in Florida. This also included numerous summer vacations with their grandchildren, creating everlasting bonds with each of them.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edward Phelps, of Beaver Dam, and J.C. Phelps, of Owensboro.
Cecil is survived by his wife of 61 years, Cacilda Phelps; two siblings, brother, Martin Wayne Phelps, and sister, Mildred Harris; three children, sons, Miguel and David Phelps, and daughter, Helen Jensen. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, Brandon Jensen, Mikayla Phelps, Brittany Jackson, Jameson Phelps, Candice Phelps, Holly Jensen, MacKenzie Ponnet, Logan Phelps, Isaac Jensen and Malachi Jensen; and three great-grandchildren, Piper Jensen, Mariah Duvall and Madeline Duvall.
Funeral mass was held May 8 at Holy Spirit Church in Bowling Green, with burial in Sunnyside Cemetery in Beaver Dam.