Phyllis J. Fegenbush

  • BORN: February 16, 1926
  • DIED: June 17, 2018
  • LOCATION: Whiting, Iowa

Phyllis J. Fegenbush, 92, of Whiting, Iowa, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, June 17, 2018, surrounded by her family and her dog, Gracie.

Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Friday, June 22, 2018, at the First Congregational Church, U.C.C., in Whiting, with Pastor Nea Stepp officiating. Burial will follow in the Whiting City Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Thursday, June 21, 2018, with a prayer service at 7:00 P.M., at the Rush Family Chapel in Onawa. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service in Onawa.

Phyllis J. Miller was born on February 16, 1926, in Onawa, Iowa, the daughter of William and Jessie (Tyson) Miller. She was raised in Onawa and graduated from Onawa High School in the class of 1944. She then worked at the Onawa Hospital and for Boeing Airplanes in Omaha, Nebraska during the war.

Phyllis and Jules Fegenbush were united in marriage on September 20, 1947, in Onawa. She was an active farm wife and took pride in caring for the livestock. She started working at Palmer Candy Company in 1967 and retired in 1988.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church, U.C.C. of Whiting and an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She loved working in her garden, dancing, bowling, and traveling with Jules. She enjoyed making everyone laugh, including being a clown in the Whiting 4th of July parade. The thing she enjoyed the most was time spent with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Mark (Bonnie) Fegenbush of Whiting, IA, Beck (Randy) Hunt of Hornick, IA, Patty (Dennis) Smith of Onawa, IA, Chris (Deb) Fegenbush of Sioux City, IA, and Dennis Fegenbush of Whiting, IA; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Nellie Campbell, Wilma Johnson, and DyAnn (Harry) Struble.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 63 years, Jules Fegenbush on December 31, 2010; one daughter, Julie Fegenbush in 1980; one infant sister; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Margaret "Slim" (Chester "Cork") Wright; and two brothers-in-law, Roy Campbell and Herman Johnson.

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“ My deepest sympathy to all the family. Personally did not know Phyllis but quite a few members of the family. May God bless and guide you through...Read More »

Posted by: Betty Collett - IA

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