Philip Henry Feser, 79, was welcomed into heaven on Aug. 29, 2013.|
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lou Ann Feser, and five daughters: Jane Anderson and husband Darryl; Marlene Jacobs and husband Brendan; Katherine Feser; Sally Buelow and husband Sean; and Becky McGlothlin and husband Terry. He was lovingly known as Big Daddy to his 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was a fourth-generation Houstonian, born on Feb. 7, 1934, in St. Joseph Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund Daniel and Abby Louise Feser. He is survived by two sisters, Miriam Lotspeich and Dorothy Sehlke. Philip captured the hearts of his sisters and the neighbors on Barbee Street as the only boy on his mother's side of the family.
He graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1952 and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Houston, where he received a bachelor of science in chemistry.
Philip became a husband and father at age 27, meeting his schoolteacher wife, Lou Ann, in Alvin. He eagerly started his family by becoming the father of 3-year-old Jane Ann and entered dental school shortly after.
He graduated from The University of Texas Dental School in 1965 and established a practice in Alvin for 25 years. Philip took pride in his work, crafting beautiful fillings in great detail. He was a member of the Texas Dental Association and American Dental Association.
Philip was a longtime member of West University Baptist Church. His heart was pure, true and transparent. Family was the most important thing to Philip. His family has fond memories of daily gatherings around the dinner table on Robinhood Street in West University and squabbles among the sisters about who would clean the kitchen.
Fishing was another great love that connected him with God and nature. Philip was an avid fisherman and met many lifelong friends while wading in Texas City and Trinity Bay. In the waters, he was known as the Doc who knew where to find the fish.
His five daughters were blessed to have the best daddy in the world. But, like their father, they were not selfish. They shared him with many of their friends who revered him as their own.
Philip developed many close friendships over the last decade as a member of the Weekley Family YMCA, where he was known as Dr. Phil around the bridge table.
Big Daddy leaves a void that can only be partially filled by the family, friends and connections he created on this Earth.
Philip will be buried at the family plot in Magnolia Cemetery on Montrose. A visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 W. Alabama. Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at West University Baptist Church, 6218 Auden. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Active Older Adult Program at the Weekley Family YMCA.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 30, 2013