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With profound sadness we announce the passing on July 8th, 2022, of our loving father, grandfather and great grandfather, Clyde R. Feltes, 89, of Bettendorf, Iowa.
Clyde was born on January 6, 1933, in Dyersville, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Norma (Rubly) Feltes. He was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Ottumwa, Iowa. A stellar athlete, Clyde attended the University of Iowa, where he played on the baseball team and golf teams, serving as captain of the golf team. He earned a degree in Religion and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Clyde’s college years were interrupted when he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. He was fortunate to complete his service as an assistant golf pro at the Fort McPherson golf course in Atlanta, GA. The highlight of Clyde’s service at Fort McPherson came in 1955 when as partners in a foursome, he and Capt. S.L. Johnson Jr. scored back-to-back holes-in-one, one of the rarest feats in golf. Unsurprisingly, news services from all over the country picked up the story – “Two shots, Two Holes-in-One!”. Though this was Clyde’s first hole-in-one, it certainly wouldn’t be his last. Incredibly, he would go on to hit eight more during his lifetime.
During the summer of 1955, he met his loving wife Marcia Massier at Ottumwa Country Club, and they were united in marriage on June 16th, 1956, in Ottumwa. They were married for 63 years. Clyde’s 40-year career with Deere & Co. took him to Ankeny, IA and later to their Headquarters in Moline, IL. where he retired in June of 1992 as Manager - North American Transport.
Clyde’s passion for golf never waned and he continued playing amateur tournaments throughout his life and even played a round on his 89th birthday, his swing still as smooth and beautiful as ever.
We remember Clyde for his great love of golf, baseball, fishing, hunting, martinis, diners and ALL his dogs. We will never forget the John Deere riding lawn mower, leopard robe, the 1949 Merc, his golf club collection, his sly humor and uncanny ability to remember EVERYTHING! Last, but not least – his great love for family, friends and Iowa Hawkeye sports.
Those left to honor his memory include his daughters, Christie (Bill) Krugler of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, Teresa (Kevin) Kuhlman of West Des Moines, Iowa and Susan (Jay) Feltes-Fitzgerald of Panorama Park, Iowa; and his son, Joe Feltes of Mound, Minnesota; his grandchildren, Jeff (Amy) Krugler, Jack Krugler, Andy Krugler, Shannon (Connor) McClain, Greg Kuhlman, Jaclyn (Stephen) Schwartz-Keller, and Margaux Schwartz; his great-grandsons, Liam and Henry Krugler; his sisters, Mary Jo (Dick) Lanscioni of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and Ellen (Gary) Davis of Cary, North Carolina; and his sister-in-law, Kay (John) Marschall of Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Clyde was preceded in death by his wife, Marcia and his parents.
Early fall we will gather in Dyersville, Iowa for a service and celebration remembering Clyde -hopefully following an Iowa football win. Memorials are appreciated to the University of Iowa men’s golf and baseball teams at UIAC PO Box 4550 Iowa City, IA. 52244-4550. Please indicate that it is a memorial for Clyde Feltes and designate it for either the men’s golf or baseball development fund.
Special thanks to the caring nursing staff in the Cardiac Step Down unit and the ICU at Genesis East Davenport, Iowa. Your help and kindness during this difficult time was much appreciated.
Online condolences maybe expressed to the family by visiting Clyde’s obituary at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com
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