Robert Victor Phelps, a retired owner of a manufacturing business, died of congestive heart failure April 16 at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 72 and lived in Timonium.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Govans, he was a 1953 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, where he played ice hockey. He earned a business degree at the University of Baltimore.
Mr. Phelps was the founder and president of Glen Arm's Machine Systems and Design/Controls Inc. He designed and manufactured automated machinery, and had as a customer the Black and Decker Corp. and General Electric.
He later served as the director of procurement for the J.L. Wickham Co. in Northeast Baltimore. He retired in 1999.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. June 22 at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane in Towson.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Glenda Johnson; a son, Robert Scott Phelps of Hunt Valley; two daughters, Kimberly Drye of Irvine, Calif., and Juliette Palarea of Timonium; his father, Leonard Phelps of Freeland; a sister, Robin Davis, also of Freeland; and eight grandchildren.