DR. DAVID PHELEN, age 70 of Burnt Store Isles, Punta Gorda, Florida died Sunday, October 22, 2006 at his home.
He was born June 19, 1936 in Russellville, Missouri and moved to Punta Gorda
In 1999 from Limerick, Pennsylvania. Dr. Phelen was a retired Doctor of Veterinary
Medicine and a graduate of the University of Missouri in 1963. He served in the U.S.
Army 2nd Armored Div. from 1954 to 1957 and was stationed in Germany. During his professional career he was associated with Merck, Sharp & Dome of West Point, PA as
an Associate Director, Glaxo/SmithKline of Philadelphia, PA as a Director, Group Director, Project Director of R&D Campus Construction and Chairman of Worldwide
Facility Planning, served as President of the International Consultants Network, Inc. and
President & CEO of the American Veterinary Co-operative, Inc.
Dr. Phelen is a Past President and member of the Southern Illinois Veterinary
Medical Assn., member of the Missouri, Illinois and Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical
Associations, the Greater Philadelphia Technology Council, a Fellow of the American
College of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and the American Society for
Research where he served on the Board of Directors.
Dr. Phelen was elected to the Punta Gorda City Council District 5 in 2005 and
resigned last week due to his health. He was co-chair of the Florida Gulf Coast
University Site Selection Advisory Committee, served as President of the Burnt Store
Isles Civic Assn. from 2000-2001, was a Rear-Commodore of the Burnt Store IslesBoat Club, founder of the Burnt Store Computer Club, President and Founder of the
South Charlotte County Coalition, and served as Chairman of the Charlotte County
Alligator Creek Waterways Advisory Committee. He was a past President of the Charlotte County Republican Club, member of the Punta Gorda Charter Review Commission, Punta Gorda Elks Lodge No. 2606, Punta Gorda Business Alliance, Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, Isles Yacht Club of Punta Gorda and American Legion Post #103 of Punta Gorda.
He is survived by his family, his wife of 24 years, Claire G. Phelen of Punta
Gorda; three daughters, Karen Nanette Ditch of Hershey, NE, Susan Colette Ellis of
Olathe, KS and Diane Lanette Phelen of Spring City, PA; an son, Christopher David
Phelen of Washington, DC; 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; He was
Preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Anna Phelen and a brother, Michael