BARRY, Ill. -- John Arthur Fesler, 75, of Barry, died quietly Sunday (Feb. 23, 2014) at his home surrounded by his loving family.
John was born April 13, 1938, in El Dara, to Jacob Paul and Adelyn Easley Fesler. He married Delilah "Jonie" Hill on Dec. 29, 1957, and she survives.
John worked for the railway post office from 1958 to 1968. In 1968 he had the opportunity to begin farming and did so for more than 40 years. At the height of his operation, John farmed more than 5,000 acres, including hogs and cattle. After semi-retiring in 2008, he still kept some cattle to tend. John was recognized as Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1991. In 1990, he was one of the first farmers in Pike County to profit from deer hunting on his property.
Mr. Fesler was a member of the Barry United Methodist Church and was a U.S. Army
veteran. He loved to garden and watch wildlife, as well as hunt, read and find mushrooms. He loved to spend time with his many grandkids.
Survivors include his wife Jonie; six children, Jon (Marry) Fesler, Julianne Fesler, Jeffrey (Cindy) Fesler, Jerilynn (Robert J.) Legate, Joey (Karen) Fesler, and Jaynalee (Mark) Hively; 15 grandchildren, Brome and Marica Fesler, Andy, Cameo and Luke Fesler and Tabitha Bennett, Kayri Reynolds, Kaydi, Kayci and Kayli Legate, Noah and Avah, Izack, Aleck and Erick Hively along with eight great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Joe (Dora) Fesler and Mike (Marcia) Fesler; a sister, Nancy (Ken) Gates; and a sister-in-law, MariAnne Fesler.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Tom Fesler.
SERVICES: 10 a.m. Thursday graveside services will be in the Park Lawn Cemetery in Barry, with the Rev. Sheila Kelly. Military rites will be accorded by the Barry American Legion Post No. 222.
VISITATION: There will be no visitation according to his wishes.
MEMORIALS: Parklawn Cemetery, Hornback Cemetery or Barry Public Library
ARRANGEMENTS: Niebur Funeral Chapel, Barry.