Theodore J. Feller, 79, of Tyrone died Saturday at Altoona Regional surrounded by loving family following an extended illness.
He was born in Pittsburgh, son of Theodore G. and Madelon (Tahaney) Feller. On Sept. 8, 1956, he was married to Betty J. Rutherford at St. Matthew Catholic Church by Monsignor Patrick D. Harkins.
Surviving are his wife; two sons: T. Michael and wife, Suzanne, of Tyrone and Stephen J. and wife, Kris, of Coshocton, Ohio; a daughter, Barbara Anne Brown and husband, Dan, of Bald Eagle; seven grandchildren: Theodore M., Stephanie, Benjamin J. and Richard J. Feller, Zachary J. and Alainna J. Nevling and Aaron Brown.
He was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, St. Gregory Council, life member of Tyrone Elks Lodge No. 212, life member of the Bavarian Aide Society, Altoona, life member of the Pennsylvania Federation of Fraternal Clubs, Blair County, Bellwood Eagles, Altoona Moose, Tyrone VFW, Fraternal Order of Police, Bald Eagle Lodge No. 51 and the Friends RV Club of Tyrone.
Ted graduated from Tyrone High School in 1950 and attended Juniata College, Huntingdon. Upon the death of his father in 1953, he operated the Feller Motor Co., Tyrone until 1957. He then attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and graduated in 1958. He served his funeral service apprenticeship and was employed at a Pittsburgh funeral home until 1961. He then returned to Tyrone and was founder and sole proprietor in 1962 of Feller Memorial Home. He also owned a trucking company from 1972-85.
Ted enjoyed and appreciated the many lifetime friends he and his wife, Betty, have made while in the funeral and trucking businesses and also during the years of school, retirement and traveling.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at St. Matthew Catholic Church with Father Jozef Kovacik, celebrant. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Feller Memorial Home, Tyrone.
Memorial gifts may be made to St. Matthew Catholic Church, 406 W. 11th St., Tyrone, Pa. 16686.