Anton "Tony" Feiler
MANSFIELD: Anton "Tony" Feiler was born January 28, 1918 to Anton Feiler Sr. and Elizabeth Feiler in Gladstone, ND. He attended Gladstone High School and the University of North Dakota. Due to the pressures of family life on the farm and the Great Depression of the 1930's, Tony joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) working in Utah and Arizona helping to build the infrastructure of the great western National Parks.
Tony came to Mansfield from North Dakota with his brother Jack in 1940, lured by the abundance of factory jobs in Mansfield at the time. He was drafted into the Army in 1940 and after Pearl Harbor found himself on the Queen Mary heading for another four years of service in the European Theater of World War II. He experienced the air fields of the 8th Air Force, bombing Blitz of London by the Nazis, the preparation and eventual Allied invasion of Europe landing on Utah Beach. He dodged the buzz bombs during the campaign in the Netherlands, the frozen horrors of the Battle of the Bulge, seeing the striped pajama wearing stragglers from the concentration camps wondering roads, only to hook up with Patton's 3rd Army and becoming a member of the famous "Red Ball" Express, as they made the final push to subdue Germany. Upon his dismissal from his post and his honorable time spent throughout Europe, Tony found himself cruising back into New York harbor, experiencing the elation of finally making it back to the United States and to a hero's welcome, thanks to the students from New York University
Returning to Mansfield, he picked up the civilian life where he had left off by working at Westinghouse and a brief stint at the post office until his retirement in 1980. Tony and his wife Hilda raised two children, Susan and John who subsequently provided his wife Hilda and him with six grandchildren. Daniel, David and Matthew from Susan, and Cody, Jesse and the only granddaughter Audrey, from John.
Later in life Tony enjoyed the social aspects of the Sons of Herman, The Liederkranz, the new YMCA, Weidle's Meat Market, and his many friends at the different banks that he frequented, and Kroger's store where he often shopped. He always brought a smile to those people who knew of him, through his character and his many stories often told, describing his life experiences.
After a long life and due to the complications of a chronic health issue, Anton "Tony" Feiler passed away on his terms, at home. He will be remembered and greatly missed by his family and those who knew him. His wife Hilda said, as his death became more of a clear reality "He's now doing the polka with the angels".
Son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend, Anton "Tony" Feiler we all love you.
A memorial graveside service will be held at a later date.
Herlihy-Chambers Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.www.herlihy-chambers.com