Arthur Felderhoff, age 91, went to be with his Savior and Lord on May 19, 2016.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2016, at Sacred Heart Church in Muenster, Texas with Fr. Ken Robinson, Pastor, as celebrant.
Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
A rosary and vigil will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22, 2016, also at Sacred Heart Church.
All arrangements are under the direction of Scott Funeral Home in Muenster.
Arthur was born on May 29, 1924, on the family farm northwest of Muenster. He attended Sacred Heart School through the 10th grade and then transferred to Subiaco Academy in Arkansas where he graduated in 1942. In April of 1944 Arthur joined the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the 69th Naval Construction Battalion, also known as the Seabees. In July of 1944, his tour of duty took him overseas. He served in England, France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. He was discharged from the Navy in May, 1946.
Shortly after returning to Muenster, Arthur met his future wife, Evelyn Spaeth. Two years later they were married on October 26, 1948 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lindsay, Texas. The couple made their home in Muenster and eventually had five children. Arthur and Evie celebrated 67 years of marriage before Evelyn was called home to the Lord on January 31, 2016.
When Arthur returned from the Navy, he was approached about taking over the ownership of Muenster Milling Company, which his father, Joe Felderhoff, had owned and operated before his tragic death when Arthur was only 12 years old. Arthur agreed to give it a try and on January 1, 1947, took over ownership of the Mill. The business grew to include a trucking and grain business when he purchased a grain elevator in 1951. Over the years, Arthur expanded the business and diversified in a number of different areas as the milling business changed. He expanded the physical plant several times and later expanded to a secondary location in Muenster, where the local office is now located.
In the late sixties, Muenster Mill started handling liquid feed. In 1985 Arthur became sole owner and operator of a liquid feed plant in Gainesville, Texas and began manufacturing and marketing his own line of liquid feed under the very descriptive brand name "Cattle-Lac."
Arthur eventually retired from Muenster Milling Company due to health issues. His son, Ronnie, took over management and ownership of Muenster Milling Company and his son, Dale, took over management and ownership of Cattle-Lac Liquid Feeds in Gainesville.
Arthur was a member of Sacred Heart Church, where he faithfully served in a number of positions. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, VFW Post 6205, and the Muenster Kiwanis Club, serving in various positions in each of these. From 1971-1973 it was Arthur's distinct honor to have served as Mayor of Muenster. He also served on the Cooke County Appraisal District Board for four years in the 1990s. Professionally, Arthur was a member of the Texas Grain and Feed Association and was on the Board of Directors for five years in the late 1980s.
On the personal side, Arthur was widely known as a man of integrity and honesty. Treating his customers with respect and appreciation was his hallmark. He learned the feed business largely on his own and took great care in producing a quality product for his farmers. He was known as a gentle giant among friends and family. He was a wonderful father to his children and a loving husband to his bride. He was a very generous man and always ready to help where he could. He was also a humble man, quick to downplay any accolades he might receive, and always complimentary of those who helped him.
Survivors include Arthur's daughters, Diann Hultstrand and husband, Bob of Frisco, Gina Pape and husband, Ken of Frisco, Sherie Killgo and husband, Kory of Coppell; sons, Dale Felderhoff and wife, Julie, and Ronnie Felderhoff and wife, Sharon of Muenster; thirteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; sisters, Imelda Rohmer and Mary Ann Walterscheid of Muenster; and sister-in-laws, Georgia Barry of Dallas and Mickey Spaeth of Valley View.
Arthur was preceded in death by the love of his life and wife of 67 years, Evelyn; his parents, Joe and Mary Elizabeth Felderhoff; sisters, infant Eleanor Felderhoff and Sr. Georgia Felderhoff, OSB; in-laws, Arnold Rohmer, Norbert Walterscheid, Mary and Lee Haverkamp, Agnes and Joe Kneupper, Francis Spaeth, Tillie and Andrew Schoech, Polly and Wilfred Reiter, Henry Spaeth, Theresa Mae and Mark Kuta, and Walter Barry.
Per Arthur's wishes, pallbearers for the funeral service will include two grandsons, Chad Felderhoff and Mitch Felderhoff; two local farmer/ranchers; Leonard Bayer and Leon Klement; and two local businessmen; Troy Sicking from Rohmer's Restaurant and Mike Hennigan from Hennigan Auto Parts.
In lieu of flowers, the family would gratefully appreciate memorial contributions to the Sacred Heart Chapel Fund.
Published on May 20, 2016