PFC Chance R. Phelps, 19, of Riverton, Wyo., died on Good Friday, April 9, 2004, while serving his country as a Marine in Iraq.
He was born July 14, 1984, to John Phelps and Gretchen (Pollnow) Mack in Dubois, Wyo.
Chance graduated high school in 2003 in Palisade, Colo. Shortly after he joined the Marine Corp and was deployed to Iraq in February of 2004. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Pedleton, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, William Pollnow and an infant sister, Sara Phelps.
Survivors include his parents, John and Chris Phelps, Gretchen and Jeff Mack; his sister, Kelley, a Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class who is employed at the Pentagon and is engaged to an Army sergeant; numerous aunts and uncles, including Greg and Kristy Pollnow of McCook; and grandparents, John and Tonee Gingrich of Craig, Colo.
Chance's family was gratified to learn that he was awarded a Purple Heart for his services.
Memorial services were held in Dubois, Wyo., on Saturday the 17th of April with full complete detachment of Marines with an honor guard.
Memorials may be given to the Chance Phelps memorial fund in care of Gretchen Mack, PO Box 186, Riverton, WY 82501.