John William Feeley, 65, a land surveyor and Vietnam veteran, died May 5, 2014, after living with the effects of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and spending two weeks in intensive care at Billings Clinic.
He was born Dec. 16, 1948, at Rosebud Memorial Hospital to George V. Feeley and Marcella Deveny Feeley, the fifth of seven children. He rode horses and helped his father feed cattle as a child.
He attended school in Hysham and Billings and played catcher in Hysham Little League. He enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 17, serving as a wireman and forward observer in combat in Vietnam. He was promoted to sergeant and received an honorable discharge.
He had worked in a variety of jobs, especially as a land surveyor. He excelled in journalism classes at Flathead Community College and belonged to the journalism club.
Survivors include Sandy Almond, Terry Skerritt, Pat Feeley, Tim Feeley, Martin Feeley, Mary Simons, Evelyn “Tiny” Cochran; a daughter, Marcy Anderson; and a grandson.
Services were pending. Friends were asked to remember him by honoring a veteran.