Obituary 13 June 2019

Jack Feller 1922 -2019

Expert in the heavy engineering construction industry, John Feller, better known as Jack, passed away aged 96 on June 1, 2019 at his home in Orangevale California.

Jack will be most well known within the tunneling industry of North America as a President of the Beavers, as Chairman of the annual Beaverdilly, and as one of the four founding officers in 1977 of the Beavers Charitable Trust.

Jack Feller
Jack Feller

The oldest of three brothers, Jack was an enterprising, engaging, and adventurous person. From his first job selling magazines aged 7, he worked continuously until November 2018, when he finally retired for the last time. After serving in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII, he returned to school to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering at the University of South Dakota. It was at university that he met his wife Phyllis.

After completing his studies, he pursued his career in heavy civil construction working his way up through the levels of responsibility from project manager, to Vice-President, President, CEO, Chairman of the Board, and finally an Arbitrator.

He was accomplished at all his endeavors and challenged others to be the best they could be.

Jack is survived by his wife of almost 72 years, Phyllis Leeper Feller, their six children and their spouses, 13 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

With a great sense of humor and unwavering Christian faith, Jack had a very generous heart and was moved to help as many as he could.


Feedback from Paul Giroux, Kiewit Infrastructure West

We shall miss our friend Jack!

Myself (left) with Jack and Russell Clough (right) at the 2013 Beaverdilly
Myself (left) with Jack and Russell Clough (right) at the 2013 Beaverdilly

Paul Giroux
Kiewit Infrastructure West

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