Edward Lee Phelps

May 20, 1936 ~ January 13, 2020 (age 83)


EDWARD LEE PHELPS, May 20, 1936 - January 13, 2020.  Ed passed at Essential Hospital in Brainerd, MN. He lived at Dignity and Grace in Backus, where he and his wife Sharon Phelps moved to once their health became an issue and were no longer able to work the farm alone.  Ed lived a full life, he was in the reserves when he was a very young man, married Virginia Wade; and they had a son, Bradley Phelps.  He lived in Hopkins, MN, then moved to Fargo, and had a nice farm there.  Ed had horses (of course), he then moved back to the Twin Cities alone.  He had a band called Eddie Lee and the Fugitives, his musical career went well; he even appeared at the Grand Ole Opera House, in Nashville.  He later cut a CD with his band Touch.  Ed met his wife Sharon, they moved to the farm in Jenkins where the both enjoyed their farm life; they had horses, pigs and cattle. He did management work for Breezy Point, Commander, Charlie’s, Bar Harbor, and bought the Pine River Supper Club.  They sold that, he then worked for Houston Ford/Osterloh’s, retired, and helped out on Saturday’s at Bjerga’s Feed with his good friend Bruce, all while rising black angus cows, his beloved horses and working on the farm.

 Ed was proceeded in death by his parents, William and Lila (nee: Listrude) Phelps; his son, Bradley Phelps; his wife, Sharon Phelps and his brother, Charles Richard Phelps,

He is survived by brother, Robert Phelps of Tucson, AZ; and sisters, Lorna Kevelin (Bob) and Sherry Ellman (Jim) of Pine River.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Pine River American Legion dining room on February 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.  Please come and join us to share awesome memories and a lunch.  

A special thank you to the staff of Dignity and Grace, in Backus, MN for their love and care for the time Ed called this home.

Edward’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN.  Online condolences may be left at

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Celebration of Life
February 1, 2020

3:00 PM
American Legion Post 613
400 Front St. S.
Pine River, MN 56474

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