LTC (ret) Robert A. Feiler passed away suddenly at home May 30th. He started his life on September 27, 1920 in Rock Elm, Wisconsin. He was the second child of August and Rochelle (Murphy) Feiler. After graduating from Elmwood High School, he attended the University of Wisconsin in River Falls. There he met a visitor to the campus by the name of Virginia Popple. In July of 1942 they became husband and wife and would have celebrated 76 years together this summer. WW II called him to enlist in the Army where he saw action as an artilleryman. At the end of the War, he returned home to be a high school teacher for 6 years. He joined the Reserves, and was called back to active duty to fight in the Korean Conflict. This time, when he returned to his wife and two children, he chose to make the military his career. Two assignments were most memorable and rewarding. The first was a 3 year term in Oberammergau, Germany. While there, he was the founding officer of the German-American Club, and continued his 7-year committment as Boy Scout Master of his son’s troop. His second favorite job brought him to Idaho as an ROTC instructor at ISU.
When he retired from military service in August of 1969, his love of hunting and Idaho resulted in the move to Boise. Bob’s new occupation was manager of the Boise School Bus Company. It was a job he enjoyed until his second retirement 7 years later. Since moving to Boise, he has been a member of Southminster Presbyterian Church, BPOE Lodge #310, and the Lions Club.
Bob is survived by his wife Virginia, son Michael (Janet) of Wallace, ID, daughter Patricia (Tom) Cole of Nampa, brother Larry of Menomonie, WI and honorary daughter Sarah Stobaugh of Boise; grandchildren John (Jennifer) Feiler, Jeffrey Feiler, Justin (Teresa) Cole and Jennifer (Eileen) Cole. He also had great-grandchildren Jeffrey & Samarra Feiler and Logan, Carson, & Morgan Cole and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Evelyn, and brothers Calvin, Clark, and Stanley.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Southminster Presbyterian Church at 6500 W. Overland Rd, Boise, ID 83709 or any favorite charity.