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Alan M. Fehr, 56

March 3, 2010
Dysart Reporter

Alan M. Fehr, 56 of rural Elma, died on Monday, February 22, 2010 at his home after fighting cancer since November. Mass of Christian burial was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, with Father Ray Atwood as celebrant. Burial will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Cemetery in Lourdes. Online condolences for Alan's family may be left at

Alan Matthew Fehr was born on June 16, 1953 to Clarence "Pete" and Elsie (Wieck) Fehr in Waterloo. Alan was raised in Dysart where he graduated from Dysart-Geneseo High School in 1971. Alan immediately enlisted in the US Air force and served his country during the Vietnam Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1974. Alan was married to Janice (Sell) Vesely and the couple was later divorced. He was employed by John Deere in Waterloo. Alan was laid off for a period of time and drove truck over the road for Elliott Brothers Trucking in Dysart. Alan was called back to John Deere where he worked as a Machinist and Union Committeeman until he retired on July 31, 2009 after 31 years of service. He was united in marriage to Suzan Gansen on November 26, 1993 at Raleigh Hills Golf Course near Ionia. The couple made their home near Lourdes.

Alan enjoyed spending time with family and friends, his pets, golfing, fishing, camping, Hawkeye Football, motorcycling, traveling and trail riding by horseback. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, he was a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus, Maple Heights Country Club, John Deere Fire Brigade, Elma American Legion John Frahm Post #597, Dysart Jaycee's, UAW Local #838, County Chairman of Pony Express of Iowa (Easter Seals) for eight years.

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He is survived by his wife Suzan of Elma; four children Chad (Candie) Fehr of Coatesville, Ind., Wendy (Greg) Fehr-Deitrick of Traer, Bradley (Lacey) Gansen of Mason City, Melissa (Cody) Stuart of Wykoff, Minn., six grandchildren Callie and Cole Fehr, Sydney and Sable Fehr, Collin Stuart and Olivia Gansen; two brothers Peter (Delores) Fehr of McIntyre and Mark (Kathy) Fehr of Clutier; one sister Laura (Don) McCool of Eldorado Springs, Mo.; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.



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