Alan M. Fehr

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Alan M. Fehr, age 56, of rural Elma, IA died on Monday, February 22, 2010 at his home afterfighting cancer since November. Alan Matthew Fehr was born on June 16, 1953 to Clarence Pete and Elsie (Wieck) Fehr in Waterloo, IA. Alan was raised in Dysart, IA where he graduated from Dysart-Geneseo High School in 1971. Alan immediately enlisted in the US Air force and served his country during the Vietnam Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1974. Alan was married to Janice (Sell) Vesely and the couple was later divorced. He was employed by John Deere in Waterloo. Alan was laid off for a period of time and drove truck over the road for Elliott Brothers Trucking in Dysart. Alan was called back to John Deere where he worked as a Machinist and Union Committeeman until he retired on July 31, 2009 after 31 years of service. He was united in marriage to Suzan Gansen on November 26, 1993 at Raleigh Hills Golf Course near Ionia, IA. The couple made their home near Lourdes. Alan enjoyed spending time with family and friends, his pets, golfing, fishing, camping, Hawkeye Football, motorcycling, traveling and trail riding by horseback. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, he was a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus, Maple Heights Country Club, John Deere Fire Brigade, Elma American Legion John Frahm Post #597, Dysart Jaycees, UAW Local #838, County Chairman of Pony Express of Iowa (Easter Seals) for eight years. He is survived by his wife Suzan of Elma, IA; four children Chad (Candie) Fehr of Coatesville, IN, Wendy (Greg) Fehr-Deitrick of Traer, IA, Bradley (Lacey) Gansen of Mason City, IA, Melissa (Cody) Stuart of Wykoff, MN; six grandchildren Callie and Cole Fehr, Sydney and Sable Fehr, Collin Stuart and Olivia Gansen; two brothers Peter (Delores) Fehr of McIntyre, IA and Mark (Kathy) Fehr of Clutier, IA; one sister Laura (Don) McCool of Eldorado Springs, MO; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. Memorials: Memorials may be directed to the family. Cemetery: Burial will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Cemetery in Lourdes with Tom Bilidt, Robert Carroll, Kenneth Gansen,Christopher Fehr, Daniel Fehr and Erc Karr as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be Bruce Wilharm, Dean Payne, Steve Darrah and Larry Lorenz. Military rites will be provided by Elma American Legion John Frahm Post # 597. Visitation: Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 from 4-8pm at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in Elma, IA. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Service: Mass of Christian Burialwill be at10:30 am on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, IA with Father Ray Atwood as celebrant.

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  1. Chad, Wendy and families – I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I didn’t know of his cancer until I visited with him at Wendy and Greg’s wedding reception in Traer Saturday night. We had good times when you two were younger and lived across the street from my family in Dysart. You have my deepest sympathy.

  2. My heart goes out to Al’s family~
    The first time I met Al, Sue had given me the honor of dancing with him at the Blue Bird. What a sweet, kind man!
    I am happy I was able to visit with Al at the Deutsch grad. party after not seeing him for years.
    Rest in peace Al~you are proof there are angels among us.

  3. Our thoughts and prayer are with you during this difficult time. Al was such a kind-hearted man and will surly be missed by all!
    Bob & Sara Schaudenecker

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, so sorry to hear about Al’s passing. If there is anything we can help with do not hessitate to let us know.

  5. Sue,
    Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will always remember his smiling face and friendly personality.

  6. The Fehr family siblings all rode Mr. Peterson’s school bus SW of Dysart with my brothers & I. Later, our paths crossed at Deere. My God hold you in his arms and give you the strength to endure the coming days.

  7. We extend our deepest sympathy to you Sue and Al’s family. I don’t think I have ever known anyone that was friendlier or more pleasant than Al.
    God Bless you at this time through your loss…
    Keith & Avis

  8. My deepest sympathy go out to the entire Fehr family. It has been many years since I’ve seen Alan. I have great memories of hanging out with Wendy in high school and Al welcoming me into his home. He was a wonderful and caring person that I am grateful to have known. I wish the family the best during this difficult time.

  9. My deepest sympathy to the entire Fehr family. A
    terrible loss and I wish you all the best in the upcoming
    months as your greive for Alan………..he was a
    great person (my 2nd cousin) and I wish I could have
    been there for you all.

  10. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time. Ryan,Lori,Kyle, and Michelle Neidick

  11. To Al’s family, It has been many years since I have seen Al but we sure did have fun in the good old days. His smile and devilishness was contagious. May your good memories be of great comfort to you to help ease the pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come. Danny & Arlet Carr Kern

  12. Wendy & Chad, So sorry we could not make the wedding reception. When we heard Al passed away we were so upset that we did not get to see him. Bruce always talked so highly of Al, even though they didn’t see each other often. He will always be remembered as a good man with a loving laugh and heart. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
    Our sympathies to all of his family!

  13. Wendy & Family-
    My heart goes out to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God comfort you and surround you with love.
    Andrea & Clint Gotta

  14. Chad, Wendy and Family – I am sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

  15. Chad, Wendy and family. So very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I got to see Alan unexpectedly at John Deere last year. He recognized me immediately and it was great to see and talk to him.

  16. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Al’s family. I worked with Al at Engine Works. He was a very nice man. I had just seen Al and Sue at Kwik Star a couple weeks ago. May God comfort you in the days ahead.

  17. Sue & family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Al was one cool dude… He will be missed. Your in our thoughts and prayers…

  18. Chad, Wendy and Family,

    Kurt and I are sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Youare in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.


  19. So very sorry to hear this news. Alan was a friend to me in HS in Dysart. So kind, so talented. . .he deserved to have many more years with his family and friends.

    With sincerest sympathy.

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