Phillip V. Feltis was born Oct. 6, 1925, in Michigan City, Ind., the second child of George Feltis (1899-1979) and Emma Feltis (1902-1997). He attended school there until 1940, when the family moved to Speedway, Ind.
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After graduating from Bed Davis High School in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines, where he was an aerial gunner flying in dive bombers and torpedo bombers. He served in the South Pacific until the end of World War II, when his outfit was sent to North China. He returned home and was discharged in May 1946.
He attended Purdue University and worked many years in the engineering departments of aircraft and aerospace industries, both in the Midwest and on the West Coast.
In 1954, while working at North American Applied Physics Lab in Downey, Calif., he met Beverly Cherry and they were married in November of that year. Beverly had a son, Gregory Cherry, by a previous marriage, and they enjoyed many good times hunting and fishing together. In 1956, their son, Scott, was born and in 1958, a daughter, Lisa. Hunting and fishing was also enjoyed with Scott until his untimely death in the year 2000, at which time Phil put his guns away. Lisa was a great chef and did a wonderful job preparing what the hunters brought home.
Phil suffered a stroke in the fall of 2008, and worked long and hard with his rehab specialists to regain mobility and strength. In July 2009, he was afflicted with a terminal condition and passed on Dec. 1, 2009.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly; son, Gregory Cherry; daughter, Lisa Feltis-German; sister, Rhoda Duren; brother, Richard Feltis; grandchildren, Justin Feltis, Ronda Feltis, Kristin Kaiser, Phillip Cherry, Michelle Baesa, Rachelle Oxford, John Dobbs, Hollie Jensen and Heather Chatelain; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
His sister, Thora Hess, passed away last spring.
Cremation has taken place, and at his request, the only service will be at graveside for family and friends next spring.
If so desired, donations may be made to the Shiners' Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210; or to Bozeman Deaconess Hospice Foundation, 915 Highland Blvd., Bozeman, MT 59715.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 5, 2009