Terrence Edwin Feehan, 93, of Deshler, died Feb. 28, 2023, in Winter Haven, Fla. – a place he considered home almost as much as his Wood County farm.
A lifetime farmer, Terry was born July 21, 1929 in Custar, to Edwin J. and Marguerite (Adler) Feehan. He attended St. Louis School, graduated from Milton Township High School, and briefly attended Bowling Green State University, as he said, just to find out what college was all about.
Terry served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1952, reaching the rank of corporal.
On Aug. 30, 1958, he married Margaret Anne Bates, who survives him. For 64 years, they made their home on the family farm near Custar where they raised six children and fostered 35 babies. Terry enjoyed his work and often found solace in the fields that he planted, cultivated, and harvested.
He was an active member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Custar, a regular blood donor for the American Red Cross, a member of the Farm Bureau and American Legion Post 305. He was a voracious reader. An avid hunter and gun collector, he enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren how to use firearms responsibly.
For years after his retirement from farming in 1994, Terry mowed the lawns at St. Louis Church, School, and Cemetery, taking special care to help visitors find the graves of loved ones and share a story or two.
He and Margaret spent the winter months in Winter Haven, Fla., where they were members of St. Matthew Catholic Church. Together, they had a lifelong enjoyment of playing cards. They belonged to a card club with friends that met once a month for more than six decades.
Terry loved baseball and played softball on an over-50 softball team in Winter Haven well into his 80s. He was always up for a game of baseball or cards with his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include three sons, Thomas (Patricia) Feehan, Michael (Ann) Feehan, Joseph (Fran) Feehan; three daughters, Therese (Rob) Hazzard, Jennifer (Stephen Chovanec) Feehan, Molly (Ted) Brubaker; 21 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen (Ray) Birtcher and Eileen (Bill) Wotschak, and his dear aunt, Colleen Baumberger.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and their husbands, Patricia and Paul Brown, and Mary Lue and James Stein.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 10, 2023 at St. Louis Church, 22792 Defiance Pike Custar, Ohio 43511. Visitation will be held Friday morning at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m.
Interment will follow at St. Louis Cemetery where Military Honors will be rendered by The Wood County Honor Detail.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Heartbeat of Toledo, Kinder Women’s Care Center in Columbus, or St. Louis Church for memorial Masses.
Arrangements are being handled by Dunn Funeral Home, Bowling Green.