John F. "Jack" Feezer Jr.

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  • "So sad to learn of Jack's passing. I have so many memories..."
    - Cathy (Smink) Jenkins
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John Francis "Jack" Feezer, Jr., lifelong Maryland resident, World War II veteran, successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, and patriarch, died on July 26th of 2017. He was 97 years old. Born on Ground Hog Day, February 2, 1920, Mr. Feezer was descended from German emigres who arrived in America during Revolutionary War times. The family always resided in Randallstown, Maryland; Mr. Feezer's great grandfather fought in the Civil War on the Union side at Harper's Ferry. Mr. Feezer's father was a carpenter and part-time vegetable farmer who sold his produce out of his truck on a "huckster" route in Baltimore city. The elder Mr. Feezer taught Jack the value of hard work and integrity and instilled in him an entrepreneurial spirit that led to Mr. Feezer's great success in a number of business enterprises. Mr. Feezer's traditional schooling ended after 10th grade. Night courses in diesel mechanics, at the time still a new technology, helped him to land a civilian job as an "engine man" at the U.S. Naval Experimental Station, and then an assignment as a diesel mechanic on "Landing Ship Medium" LSM-475 in the Pacific during World War II after being drafted in the U.S. Navy. After the war, Mr. Feezer returned to his position at the Experimental Station, but soon began a series of successful entrepreneurial ventures even while still employed. These included the Corner Supply Company, a general store in Baltimore County at Wards Chapel and Liberty Road; a modest residential homebuilding business; and joined with his brother-in-law, Dexter Shilling to start a utility infrastructure and trenching business, the R.D. Shilling Co. In 1965, he founded the business he ran for more than 30 years, the John F. Feezer Company, another infrastructure business. Soon thereafter, he combined forces with good friend George Strauss to form Interstate Feezer Joint Venture, a larger land and marine infrastructure company capable of handling much bigger projects. Notable projects included a mile-long, 10-foot diameter pipeline from Loch Raven Reservoir which eventually feeds into Lake Montebello Filtration Plant in Baltimore; a section of the City's Southwest Diversion Sewer System and a bridge with the infrastructure for Pier 6 in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Interstate Feezer was one of several businesses that Mr. Feezer entered into solely on the basis of a handshake, a basis of trust he never regretted. In 1972, Mr. Feezer began the first of a number of real estate ventures that were a major part of his business career. His real estate and development ventures included warehouse, retail, and office projects. His biggest projects included development of a large commercial parcel in Eldersburg where Home Depot, Kohls, Martin's, and other retailers are now located, and development of a 100,000+ square foot office building near Ft. Meade. Jack met Beulah Mae Winslow as a teenager at Wards Chapel. The couple married in 1941, lived in Randallstown, Owings Mills and later settled on the family "compound" in Marriottsville. Family was at the heart of everything Mr. Feezer did including the organization of his various businesses. Sadly, his firstborn son, Robert Wayne, died tragically in 1998 at the prime of his life, leaving a painful wound that never healed for Mr. and Mrs. Feezer. Mr. Feezer served on the board of directors of the Commercial and Farmers Bank (which was ultimately acquired by PNC Bank); on the board of trustees and finance committee of the Wards Chapel United Methodist Church, Freedom Masonic Lodge #112 A.F. & A.M. where he received his 70 year pin in May of 2016, Boumi Temple, on the board of directors of the Baltimore-Washington Methodist Conference and on the Finance Committee of the Baltimore Council of The Boy Scouts of America. Following his son's death, he established the R. Wayne Feezer Memorial Foundation, which has been a generous benefactor for various church, children's charities, scholarships and other worthwhile causes. At age 92, Mr. Feezer wrote his memoir, A Life Well-Lived, Well-Loved, Well Earned. The final paragraph of that volume is as fitting an epitaph as could ever be written for Jack Feezer: "Above all, I am proud that I have sought to live my life based on principles of honor, diligence, sobriety, faith, trust, and charity as my parents would have wanted, and aspire only to be remembered favorably for having possessed those qualities." Mr. Feezer is survived by his wife of 75 years, Beulah Mae ("Bea"), nee Winslow; son John Francis, III and wife Betty Ann; daughter Nancy Feezer Parker and husband Harry Parker, daughter-in-law Nancy ("Petie") Feezer; his sister-in-law Janet Feezer, six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents John F. Feezer, Sr. and Frances Bauer Feezer, his siblings William Feezer, Betty Roos and Robert Feezer; and his son, Robert Wayne, who died in 1998. Friends may call at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville on Monday July 31st 5 to 8 PM with a Masonic service beginning at 7PM and Tuesday August 1st 1 to 3 PM and 6 to 8 PM. Funeral Service at Wards Chapel United Methodist Church located at 11023 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD 21133 10 AM Wednesday August 2, 2017, interment following at the Church Cemetery. Those who desire may make contributions in Jack's memory to the R. Wayne Feezer Memorial Foundation, 7200 Third Ave., C146, Sykesville, MD 21784; Wards Chapel United Methodist Heritage Trust, 11023 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD 21133 or the Carroll Hospice's Dove House, 292 Stoner Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157.

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Haight Funeral Home & Chapel
6416 Sykesville Road
Sykesville, MD 21784
Published in Carroll County Times on July 28, 2017
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