Wilbur S. Feagan
Wilbur S. Feagan, 100, - of Springfield, Missouri passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014 in his home.
He was born September 9, 1913 in Collinsville, IL to George and Dora Skala Feagan. Wilbur graduated from Collinsville High School in 1931, attended St. Louis University for a year before transferring to the University of Illinois where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 1936. Later Wilbur received his Masters degree in Engineering Management from the University of MO Rolla.
Wilbur began his career with the St. Louis Dairy Commission as a farm inspector, later worked as Dairy Plant Engineer and after several years was offered a job as Milk Specialist with the state of Michigan. In 1941, Wilbur moved to Kansas City to work in protecting the public from the harms of raw milk. Following the war, Wilbur became Farm Manager at the Bonne Terre Farming and Cattle Company and then moved to the position of Sanitary Engineer for the Klenzade Company. Following that, he served as Sales Manager for Midwest Creamery and Dairy Supply. Moving to Springfield in 1959, he went into business with Paul Higley and established F&H Food Equipment Company.
Wilbur was a member of the St. Louis District Dairy Council, Missouri Dairy Association, Missouri Dairy Products Association, the International Association for Food Protection (sponsor of the Black Pearl Award), Missouri Dairy Fieldman and Sanitarian's Association, Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors. Wilbur received many awards for his extraordinary commitment, leadership and contributions to these organizations.
Wilbur was an Eagle Scout, as well as a Master Mason and member of Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Springfield MO.
Wilbur was extremely proud of F&H and the many meaningful business and personal relationships that developed over the years. Wilbur will be remembered for positively impacting the lives of many people throughout his life. His kind heart, passion, determination, loving smile, sense of humor, and caring way will forever be remembered.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Lee Feagan. His wife, Bette Jo McManus Feagan, preceded him on June 18, 2012.
He is survived by two step-sons, Mike Chase and Pat Chase; two step-grandchildren, Kelly and Curtis Chase; four step-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary M. Allen, and several nieces and nephews. Wilbur is also survived by his loving F&H Family.
Funeral services will be Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:30 am in Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel, with burial to follow in Hazelwood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Boy Scouts of America, Ozark Trails Council, 1616 S. Eastgate Springfield, MO 65809.
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole Springfield, MO 65804
Published in the News-Leader from Apr. 2 to Apr. 4, 2014