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Asheville - Stan Feaver, born in Fremont, Ohio on May 21, 1921, passed away Sunday, December 16, 2012 in Asheville, North Carolina where he had been living with his wife of 68 years, Virginia.
Stan married Virginia Rutherford, his grade-school sweetheart, in Marion, Ohio on May 6, 1944. The success and well-being of his family was the focus of Stan's life. Stan and Virginia had four children, all now married: Linda Hellinger (and Donn) of New Carlisle Ohio, Lynn Feaver (and Sandy) of Freeport Illinois, and Lane (and Sandy) and Laurie (and Beth) Feaver, both of Asheville, North Carolina. They have seven grandchildren living in Seattle, Paris, Madison, Chicago, Charlottesville and Asheville, and 11 great grandchildren.
Stan and Virginia both attended North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. At the beginning of World War II, Stan enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He attended Officers Candidate School at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and achieved the rank of Captain, USMC. He served in China and again during the Korean Conflict. After the Marines, Stan built a career in sales management with firms in Cleveland, Toledo and Salt Lake City, before retiring in 1979.
Stan had an active interest in history and politics. He was a skilled carpenter and woodworker, building their first family home in Marion Ohio in the early '50's. He and Virginia later built three other homes, one in Salem, Utah, and two near Jonesboro in the hills of eastern Tennessee.
Wherever they lived at the time, 'Grandma and Grandpa's house' was a frequent destination for holiday and summer visits by the growing family of raucous grandchildren. 'Grandpa' would put his offspring to work picking apples, hauling firewood or cleaning up the garden, but work would soon turn to play - building toy airplanes or popguns in the shop and racing down the hill to the mailbox. Play would often end with sitting on the porch and having a serious discussion about personal responsibility or the state of the nation. Grandpa cared about citizenship.
During their retirement, Stan and Virginia enjoyed traveling - visiting their children and grandchildren, stopping at historical sites and looking at the scenery. They made two extended trips to England and Scotland - including visits to the Feaver family home in Sittingbourne, Kent.
Stan was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Elsie and his two younger brothers, Raymond and Laurence. Stan's body has been cremated and will be interred in his hometown of Marion, Ohio. A family memorial service will be scheduled in January. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Grass Roots Ministry. You can send your donations to 220 S. Main Street, New Carlisle, OH 45344.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family and the memorial register is available at grocefuneralhome.com.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
1401 Patton Avenue Asheville, NC 28806
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Dec. 19, 2012