Delmar Theodore "Pat" FeelerJune 24th, 2020
Delmar Theodore "Pat" Feeler, age 90, of Vienna, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020, in StoneBridge Westphalia. He was born November 21, 1929, near Vienna, a son of Theodore Tilghman and Effie Leona (Hayes) Feeler. Pat was married December 23, 1961, at Vienna, to Norma Faye Duncan, and to this union, four children were born. He was baptized September 25, 1980, and a member of the Vienna United Methodist Church. Pat went to Snodgrass School for his lower grades and was a 1948 graduate of the Vienna High School. His senior year, he placed 3rd in state 60 yard high hurdles and a 29-5 basketball team season. In 1951, Pat tried out for the New York Giants in Florida, and again in 1952, being told, "If they thought he could hit, they would take him to Arizona." He had a full ride to UMC in baseball, and Pat stated, "Don't want to go to school, just want to play ball." So, he came home and helped on the farm. Pat served in the U.S. Army from March 31, 1952, until December 30, 1953. He was in the Infantry Branch; was sent to fight in the Korean Conflict; and was awarded the Combat Infantry Mans Badge, the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. At the time of his "Honorable Discharge", Pat had attained the rank of Sergeant First Class. Following his military service, he was employed from 1953-54, to help build the Vichy airport. In 1953-55, Pat was employed by McDonald Douglas Aircraft, St. Louis. He began his career with Vic Wulf charcoal company in 1955, where he was employed until his retirement in 1999, after 44 years. He was also a lifelong farmer in Maries County. Pat was always active in his community and was a long time supporter of the Vienna Lions Club, a 16 year school board member, life member of the American Legion, past board member of the Maries County Livestock Coop Board, and always a strong supporter of the community and school athletic programs. He enjoyed attending any sporting activity, bowling, and especially being with his grandkids. Those left to mourn the passing of Pat include: his wife of 58 years, Norma Feeler, Vienna; children, Delmar T. "Ted" Feeler Jr. (Beverly); Terry L. Feeler (Stefanie); and Tammy Kleffner (Mark), all of Vienna; grandchildren: Waylon Kleffner (Nicki), Freeburg; Candace Schwartz (Dwayne), Westphalia; Angel Baker (Robert), Dixon; Chace Feeler (Leann), Vienna; Ashley Wilson, Meta; and Brock Feeler, Karissa Feeler, Jada Kleffner, and Gabe Kleffner, all of Vienna; great-grandchildren, Emma Kleffner, Brody Kleffner, Blakley Feeler, and Andi Wilson; three siblings, Wayne Feeler (Wynn), Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Anna Lee Baker (Jim), Tucson, Arizona; and Jackie Keaton (Larry), Licking; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded by death one son, Johnny Todd Feeler, on March 26. 1989; his father, Theodore, on August 22, 1962; his mother, Effie, on September 10, 1999; and three brothers, Forest Alexander Feeler on March 8, 1941, Julius Feeler on March 16, 1997, and Tilghman Alex Feeler on November 20, 2016. Visitation for Mr. Feeler will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2020, and from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, June 25, 2020, in the Vienna United Methodist Church, 1102 Highway 63 North, Vienna, Missouri 65582, with his service following at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Karen Alden officiating. Interment, with full military honors, will be in the Vienna Public Cemetery under the direction of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home in Vienna. Pallbearers will be Ted Feeler, Terry Feeler, Waylon Kleffner, Chace Feeler, Brock Feeler, Gabe Kleffner, and Brody Kleffner, with granddaughters, Candace Schwartz, Angel Baker, Karissa Feeler, Jada Kleffner, and Ashley Wilson serving as his honorary pallbearers. Memorials are suggested to the Vienna United Methodist Church or Vienna Cemetery with envelopes available at the church or in care of Birmingham-Martin, P.O. Box 250, Vienna, Missouri 65582.