Raymond Feltner, age 90, of Tyler went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Oct. 12, 2013, at The Hospice of East Texas after a short battle with renal cancer.
A graveside service with military honors will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery officiated by Bro. Kurt Powell, associate pastor at Flint Baptist Church. Arrangements are being handled by Tyler Memorial Funeral Home.
Raymond was born in London, Ky., on Sept. 16, 1923, to Alamander and Bettie (Cornett) Feltner.
Raymond worked as a brick mason until his retirement. He enjoyed carpentry and gardening as a hobby, and loved to watch the older western TV programs. At the young age of 19, he entered the U.S. Army during World War II, and served with the 508th Engineers, Light Platoon Company. He was a pioneer assigned to Combat Engineer Battalion in the European Theater. He served in the following battles and campaigns, Normandy, Northern France, Rhine-land, Ardenes and Central Europe. Pfc. Raymond Feltner served from Feb. 11, 1943, to Dec. 4, 1945. During this time, he constructed bridges, repaired roads and worked in mines. He also fought in the infantry. He removed road blocks and secured bombed out buildings.
Raymond is survived by his three children, Penny Reynolds (Kennon), Tyler, Paula Lindstrom (Joe), Grandview, Mo., Pamela Rutledge (Justin), Lewisburg, Tenn.; granddaughter, Clare Elisabeth Reynolds, Manhattan, Kan.; sister, Dessie Morris, Indianapolis, Ind.; and other family. He also leaves behind his dear friends whom he lovingly referred to as "the girls," Connie Miller and Molly Still.
Raymond, the youngest of six children, was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers.
Memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701.
The family of Raymond Feltner is sincerely grateful for the compassion and loving care given by Dr. Richard Anderson, Dr. Bruce Harrell and their staffs. We would like to extend a special thank-you to the doctors and staff of The Hospice of East Texas, as well as the staff of Mother Frances Hospital. Additionally, we thank the employees of Sweet Sue's Restaurant who made his 90th birthday so very special.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Oct. 15, 2013