Melvin Arthur Feakes, Jr.
Melvin Arthur Feakes, Jr. 77, passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the VA Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born in Iowa City on January 10, 1936 and lived in Des Moines during his formative years.
Melvin was preceded in death by his wife, Joetta Katherine (Ward) Feakes and is survived by their seven children; Kim, Bill, Julie, Mark, Randy, Jimmy and Kathy. He was the grandfather of ten grandchildren and great-grandfather of nine great-granchildren. He is survived by his mother Alberta Bolender of Des Moines and his sisters; Sandy, Diane, Eleanor and his brother, Terry.
Melvin proudly served his country enlisting in the US Navy in 1953 and also serving in the US Army until 1974. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam and overseas in Germany and Korea. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star as well as National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, the Combat Infantry Badge, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Visitation will be on Saturday, December 7th from 11 am to 12 pm with services following at the Brooks South Town Chapel at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 7601 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50321.
Memorials can be made to the VA Medical Center Palliative Care Unit, 3600 30th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50310.
I was that which others did not want to be.
I went where others feared to go, and did what others failed to do.
I asked nothing from those who gave nothing, and reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal loneliness…should I fail
I have seen the face of terror; felt the stinging cold of fear; and enjoyed the taste of a moment's love.
I have cried, pained, and hoped…but most of all, I have lived times others would say were best forgotten.
At least someday I will be able to say that I was proud of what I was…a Soldier.
by George L. Skypeck
Published in Des Moines Register on Dec. 5, 2013