Robert L. Feller, 80, of Kokomo, IN, passed away at 5:30 AM, Thursday, July 19, 2012 at his residence following a nine year battle with carcinoma of the pancreas. He was born in Kokomo on February 7, 1932, the son of Leon and Lorena Bohn Feller. Bob married his bride of more than sixty-one years, Pauline Swingle on January 6, 1951, and she survives.
Bob was a 1951 graduate of Clay Township High School, he attended Northwestern University studying Animal Husbandry, Purdue University studying Animal Science and Princeton University studying Agronomy. Bob was employed as a salesman of agriculture chemicals and a retired Miami County farmer.
A man of great faith and integrity, Bob was an active member of the Converse Church of Christ where he had served as a deacon. He was an avid Purdue football and basketball enthusiast and enjoyed collecting and restoring International Farmall tractors. A recording artist, Bob had recorded several country western songs and had sung with the Norval Phelps Band. He also had preformed shows with Box Car Willie and Captain Stubby.
Bob had served on the Miami County Council for eight years, was a member of the Maconaquah School Board for eight years and was active in Ole Olson, where he had the lead in South Pacific and directed Oklahoma. He was a member of the Peru Elks Lodge, the Pioneer Auto Club and the Pioneer Tractor Club.
He was past president of the Indiana Duroc Association and was active in breeding and showing stock throughout the United States. Bob was also past president of the American Landrace Association and a member of the Boar Testing Station of Purdue University.
Surviving in addition to this wife Pauline is a son Stephen Feller and his wife Lanell of Kokomo; a daughter Debra L. McKinley of Kokomo; grandchildren Matthew Feller and his wife Andrea, Linzie Feller, Kay McKinley, Erin Feller, Joshua Feller, William Feller and Brandt Murphy; four great-grandchildren; a son-in-law Dean “Fuzzy” Moore of Kokomo, a daughter-in-law Kelly Feller of Peru, a sister-in-law Charlotte Feller of Silver Lake and a sister Karen Youngman of Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter Roberta Moore, a son Douglas Feller a grandson Robert McKinley, a brother Ronald B. Feller and two sisters Mary Jo Grant and Ada Ferguson.
A service celebrating the life of Robert L. Feller will be held at 3:00 PM, Monday, July 23, 2012 at the Converse Church of Christ, 301 East Wabash Street, Converse, IN with Pastor Rob Schwarze officiating. Burial will be in Rankin Cemetery. Family and friends will gather from 2:00-5:00 PM, Sunday at the Laird-Eddy Funeral Home, 201 North Main Street, Amboy, IN.
Memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to the Converse Church of Christ Scholarship Fund or Rainbow Camp.