John "Jack" Feavel
John "Jack" Feavel, age 96, of Appleton, passed away at Peabody Manor on Monday, April 8, 2013. Jack was born on April 24, 1916, in Appleton, to the late Raymond and Elizabeth (Zerbel) Feavel. He graduated from Appleton High School in 1934, where he was active in sports—pole vaulting, swimming and diving. Before that, he was active in Scouting for many years, achieving his Eagle Scout Award and acting as an assistant scoutmaster.
After high school, he worked at the Institute of Paper Chemistry for five years. He was given a leave of absence to go to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jack graduated from UW-Madison in 1942 with a Bachelors Degree and also a major W in fencing. He was a member of Alpha Zeta Honor Society. On August 19, 1939, Jack married his childhood sweet heart, Angela "Angie" Parker. They had 73 wonderful years together.
Jack loved music and played French Horn in the Appleton High School Band, the Appleton City Band, the 120th Field Artillery Band, the Kimberly City Band and the Elk's Club Band for many years.
After leaving the university, he returned to his job at the Institute of Paper Chemistry for about one year. He and Angela then bought the bowling lanes at Hilbert, Wisconsin. They owned and operated the Hilbert Lanes for 14 years. Jack then worked at Lakeroad Lanes in Neenah for 35 years, partly as manager and later as Pro-Shop manager. He was inducted into the Neenah-Menasha Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1996.
After retirement, Jack and Angie enjoyed many years of happiness at their home on Lake Winnebago, their weekly trips to the casino and some cruises and charter tours. Jack was an avid hunter and fisherman all of his life, and also liked playing pool, tennis and golf.
Survivors include his son, James (Patti) Feavel, Appleton; his granddaughters, Lisa (Paul) Derfus, Appleton; Shannon (Kevin) Abernathy, Fond du lac; and Jennifer (Doug) Gieryn; Neenah; his great grandsons, Bobby Derfus, Reed Gieryn and Zechariah Abernathy; his great granddaughters, Olivia Derfus and Kelly Gieryn; and many nieces and nephews. He is further survived by his special friends, Chris and Pam Hillen, and his "adopted grandson," Tyler Hillen.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Angela; his son, John Spencer (Yvonne) Feavel; his sisters, Ione Laabs, Marjorie Schulz and Jean Richter; his sister-in-law, Altha (Don) Acord; and three brothers-in-law, Roland (Mary) Parker, Leo (Marjorie) Parker and John "Jack" (Doris) Parker.
Memorial services will be at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, at WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME—TRI-COUNTY CHAPEL, 3212 S. Oneida Street, Menasha, with Chaplain Jordan Kuczwara officiating. Friends will be received at the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Jack's family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at The Heritage and Peabody Manor for their loving care.
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Apr. 9, 2013