Lifelong Alaska resident John E. Feero of Sterling died March 13, 2007, on a flight home from Hawaii. He was 76.
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He was born April 4, 1930, to Alta and William Feero of Douglas.
His grandfather came to Skagway in 1897 during the Klondike Gold Rush. Feero was in the U.S. Army Engineers stationed at Ladd Field in Fairbanks and Fort Richardson in Anchorage from 1951-1953. In 1955 he became a customs and marine inspector.
He worked in Ketchikan from 1957-1970, in Juneau from 1970-1980 and in Anchorage from 1980 until his retirement in 1983. After his federal retirement he performed marine survey work. He retired completely in 1989 and moved to Sterling.
Feero was active in the Sterling Senior Citizens Center and was its president for four years. He was a member of Pioneers of Alaska, Elks in Skagway, American Legion Post 75 and president of the Alaska State Firefighters Association.
He was a life member in the Sterling, Nikiski and Cooper Landing Senior Citizens. He spent 30 years as a volunteer fireman in Skagway, Ketchikan and Douglas, where he was fire chief for several years.
During his time in Douglas he was active in community events and instrumental in the renovation of Mount Jumbo's gym.
He was preceded in death by brothers Robert and William Feero, sisters Geneva Walters, Wilma Jensen, Myrtle Edwards and Evaline Egbert.
He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart of 53 years, Eleanor Boyd; daughter Marcia Ballard, her husband Bill and their children Amy, Sarah, Jed and wife Heather and their son Cole; daughter Margi Maki, her husband Edward and their children Jennifer, Jonathan, Michael and his daughters Adriana, Alexandra and Skyler; daughter Debbie Besemann, her husband Larry and their children Alex and Melissa; daughter Karen Feero, her husband Scatch Tapangco and sons Joseph, Benjamin and Jordan; daughter Susie Feero; daughter Julie Feero and son Johnson John W. Feero, his wife Francine and children Christopher and Anessa; kissing cousin Grace Russo and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass will be held at noon on Saturday, March 31, 2007, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna. A reception immediately following the service will be held at the Sterling Senior Citizens Center. Memorial donations may be made at both locations.
Interment will be this summer in the Columbarium at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau. Condolences may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 247, Sterling, AK 99672.