Felker, Lawrence "Lornie'
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Lawrence "Lornie" Felker, age 88, of Oshkosh, passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his side on Saturday evening, June 7, 2014. He was born on June 19, 1925, in Oshkosh, a son of the late George and Marie (Luft) Felker. He attended Oshkosh High School, Class of 1943. Lornie enlisted in the U.S. Navy on February 5, 1943 and served his country in the South Pacific in WW II as a Pharmacist Mate 2nd Class. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned to Oshkosh and was employed at Rockwell International until his retirement in 1987 after 40 years of service. He was a proud member of UAW 291. Lornie married Jeanette "Jay" Phelps in 1951 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Oshkosh. He greatly enjoyed fishing, hunting, especially with his dogs, and was an avid golfer. He always had a big garden and liked working in it and doing all yard work. Bird watching and feeding birds along with many hours spent in his recliner reading newspapers, watching tv, especially NFL football and golf. Most of all he loved his favorite lap cat sitting with him. Some of his best memories were taking his grandsons on vacations during their summer vacations, deer hunting with his son and grandsons, lots of card playing nights at his son's home and going on long trips with his son and family. In April of 2011, he took another trip to Washington, D.C. on the Honor Flight, which he thought was one of the best experiences of his life. Lornie looked forward to early morning coffee every day to visit with waitress and friends and to afternoon visits with his friends at the Stadium Bar. Lornie also volunteered at St. Vincent DePaul for many years.
He is survived by and his memory will be cherished by his wife of 63 years, Jeanette "Jay"; a son, Bill (Wanda) Felker of Oshkosh; grandsons, Stephan (Donna), Greg Felker; a great-grandson, Hoyt; two sisters, Gloria Moore and Alice Baier. He is further survived by other relatives and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by six brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services for Lornie will be held on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. in the Fiss & Bills-Poklasny Funeral Home, 865 S. Westhaven Dr. in Oshkosh. The Reverend David Pagel of Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 p.m. until the time of service. A memorial fund will be established.
Lornie's family would like to thank Affinity Hospice for all of the very caring help, especially Ryan; also to his friends who visited him and our concerned neighbors. He will be sorely missed by all of us and also by his loving lap cat, Susie.
Fiss & Bills-Poklasny
865 S. Westhaven Dr.
Fiss and Bills Poklasny Funeral Home
865 S. Westhaven Dr
Oshkosh, WI 54904
Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on June 10, 2014