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John Allen Fehl

March 2, 1948 ~ June 29, 2018 (age 70)

Wausau - On June 29, 2018, John A. Fehl, age 70 of Wausau, went to his new residence for all eternity in the presence of his Lord Jesus Christ.

John was born March 2, 1948, in Wausau to the late John and Verna Fehl. He graduated from Wausau High School in 1966 and enlisted in the US Air Force the following year. In 1968 John married his high school sweetheart, Mary (Geske) Fehl, with whom he recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1971, they moved back to the Wausau area.  Upon graduating from UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelor’s degree in business  John began working for Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio. In 1977 he continued his career in the insurance industry as an Underwriter with Church Mutual Insurance in Merrill. In his 34 years at Church Mutual, John was promoted numerous times until his retirement in 2011 as Line Services Manager.

A favorite hobby of his was woodworking in his shop while listening to big band music from the 30’s and 40’s. John created many original pieces with a craftsman’s touch as well as refinishing other pieces.   He was an active member of Highland Community Church and enjoyed the friendships made there. For many years John and Mary participated in a small group Bible study in the home of dear friends.  We would often hear John described by others as being a “kind” man.

John dearly loved and appreciated his family and friends.   He would often say how blessed he was to have them in his life.  Daily he would be lifting someone (or several) up in prayer.  When Grace was around, he couldn’t stop smiling.  What joy she brought to him. He will be greatly missed but left us with so many wonderful memories.

John is survived by his wife, Mary of Wausau, daughter Shanti (Chris) Hawley of Weston, granddaughter Grace Hawley, and his three sisters: Judy (Dennis) Jehn of Atlanta, GA; Jean (Ron) Buedding of Wausau; and Mary (Joe) Spychalla of Weston; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at 5:15pm at Highland Community Church, 1005 N. 28th Ave, Wausau, WI 54401. Dr. Jeffrey Hinds will preside. Visitation will be from 3:00pm until 5:15pm.

With deep appreciation, we thank our family and friends for their continued prayers and support during this difficult journey. We also thank the Cancer Center and Hospice staff. Their knowledge, respect and care for their patients is undeniable. Lastly, thank you Dr. Frank Rubino for the years of exceptional care you have provided for John and our family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in John’s name to Hope Life Center (or)  Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. 

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