Thursday, September 8, 2011

Bernard Fey - Abingdon Lodge

Bernard Fey

ABINGDON – Bernard L. "Butch" Fey, 82, of Abingdon died at 10:35 p.m. Monday (Sept. 5, 2011) at his home.
He was born on Nov. 16, 1928, in Astoria, to Charles W. and Helen (Stoffer) Fey. He married Catherine E. "Eileen" Burke on July 4, 1953, in Galesburg. She preceded him in death on Aug. 25, 2008.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Richard "Burl" Fey and his wife, Betty; two sisters, Marjorie Hull and her husband David, and Louise Metcalf and her husband Walt; and one brother-in-law, Roy Atkins.
Butch is survived by his five children, Diana (and Steve) Herriott of Sidney, Rebecca (and Dave) Dimmick of Murrayville, David (and Veronica) Fey of Quincy, James Fey of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Nancy (and Mike) Voiland of Garner, N.C.; his seven grandchildren, Kristina Herriott of Fort Bliss, Texas, Matthew (and Samantha) Herriott of O'Fallon, Daniel Herriott of Normal, Samuel Dimmick of Fort Riley, Kan., and Emma, Chandler and Harrison Fey, all of Quincy; his stepgranddaughter, Doria Voiland of New York, N.Y.; his brother, Robert (and Carol) Fey of Mount Prospect; his sister, Eileen Atkins of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Dottie Chick of Avon.
He graduated from Abingdon High School in 1946. He served in the Army from Aug. 12, 1953, to June 3, 1955, and was stationed at Arlington, Va. He later served in the Illinois National Guard for three and one-half years.
He owned and operated Fey's Processing Service in Abingdon for 40 years.
He was a member and past secretary of the Abingdon Masonic Lodge 185. He was a past volunteer fireman for the Abingdon Fire Protection District. He was a member of the Avon United Methodist Church.
Butch raised cattle and sheep for many years. He was a supporter of 4-H and paid for the pictures taken of the children and their animals that were shown at the Abingdon Fall Festival and Avon Fat Steer Show.
He was a member of the Hi-Lo Saturday lunch bunch. He was known for his smile, his laugh, his ability to talk with anyone and for his habitual lateness (or for being the last one to arrive in the "church pew").
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Avon United Methodist Church. Rev. Trish Chapman will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Abingdon Cemetery with military rites by Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post 381. Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Abingdon Masonic Lodge. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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