James "Jay" Feller, 67, Rapid City, S.D., died Sunday June 25, 2006, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Jay was born June 22, 1939, in Le Mars, the son of Peter and Dorothy (Dominick) Feller. He grew up on a farm near Oyens. He attended St. Catherine's grade school in Oyens and graduated from Central High School in Le Mars.
He married Joan Lewis on April 10, 1957, Le Mars. He joined the United States Air Force after leaving school. He was proud to serve his country for the next 20 years. He was very proud to be a member of the Strategic Air Command 28th Bomb Wing. Jay received many awards during his career, including a Purple Heart for wounds received in Vietnam. Jay retired from Ellsworth Air Force Base in 1977.
He and his family moved to Sioux Falls, S.D., to be near parents and family. After arriving there, he graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in business, and then became a postal employee and retired once more in 1997.
When not traveling he resided in Rapid City, S.D. He loved his family, and enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing with them. He was an avid star gazer, and passed on his interest in astrology to an entire younger generation. He was much loved and will be greatly missed.
Jay is survived by his wife, Joan Feller, Rapid City, S.D.; one son, James Feller and wife Tammy, Burnsville, Minn.; three daughters, Lisa Breon and husband Greg, Plainfield, Ill., Linda Lindgren, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Leslie Lingscheit and husband Ron, Braham, Minn.; one son-in-law, David Ashlock, Alvin, Texas; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; six brothers, Tom Feller and wife Joan, Aurora, Colo., Ralph Feller and wife Darlene, Le Mars, Paul Feller and wife Donna, Aurora, Colo., Karl Feller and wife Marlis, Aurora, Colo., Dennis Feller and wife Sheryl, Rapid City, S.D., and Rick Feller and wife Bev, Broken Arrow, Okla.; two sisters, Mary Jo George and companion Ray Forman, Loveland, Colo., and Kathy Chors and husband Chip, Tulsa, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Lorie Ashlock; and two brothers, Pete Feller and Larry Feller.
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, at St. There'se The Little Flower Catholic Church in Rapid City with Father William Zandri as celebrant. Burial was at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D. Military honors were provided by Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard. Visitation was 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home with a rosary service at 7 p.m.
Condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.behrenswilson.com
Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home, Rapid City, was in charge of arrangements.