Arthur W. Fellerman, Jr.
unknown - December 26, 2013
Arthur W. Fellerman Jr., 73, of Skaneateles, passed away on Dec. 26, 2013. He was known as a kind, quick-witted and selfless man; the epitome of a gentle giant.
Art was born to Arthur W. Fellermann Sr. and Lydia (Dangers) Fellermann on March 27, 1940 in Crosby, MN.
Growing up on the Fellermann Family Homestead in Aitkin, MN, Art gained an early appreciation for both hard work and the outdoors. He was active in 4-H, kept livestock, worked the family farm and also enjoyed harvesting wild rice, ice-fishing, duck hunting and deer hunting.
After graduating from Aitkin High School, Art earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. His loyalty to and support of his alma mater, the “Golden Gophers,” never wavered and he especially enjoyed watching their football and basketball games.
His 47-year career with McQuay International focused on the design and development of commercial HVAC units. He began with McQuay right out of college in Minneapolis, MN and later worked in Staunton, VA, and Auburn.
Art was an attentive and caring husband to Diane J. Chumley. They shared a loving marriage of 41 years filled with growth, adventure and just a handful of projects in and around their home. With sons Gerich and Mark they camped, skied and traveled whenever and wherever possible. Besides his unwavering commitment to his family, Art gave of his time and talents to his church, coaching Odyssey of the Mind and Rotary International.
Art, already a cancer survivor, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2002. Although the disease radically affected his life, it did not define him, nor did it limit him. He was both mentally and physically active until his passing; even bowling strikes with his granddaughter in his final weeks.
Despite knowing Art found peace just as his path was becoming rocky, family and friends are left with a void which will not be filled. He was soft-spoken but not timid, thoughtful, intelligent and always ready with a wry joke and a smile. He was ethical, fair and honest. He almost never gave advice, but always seemed to impart wisdom. He was truly a great husband and father. He will be sorely missed, although we are grateful for all he has left us to remember him by.
Art is survived by his wife Diane; son Gerich with wife Wendy and granddaughter Cassidy of Charleston SC; son Mark of Jackson, WY; brother David with wife Lynn of Aitkin, MN; brother Harold with wife Bonnie of Maple Grove, MN; in-laws Kathleen and Tom Potter of Crystal, MN; Margaret and Dennis Tuthill of Minneapolis, MN; Joan Chumley of Michigan City, IN and nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles from 4-7pm on Thursday, Jan. 2. Memorial service: 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (michaeljfox.org) or 4-H International (4-h.org) are encouraged. To send condolences visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com.