Richard “Rich” Feldmann, 78, of Aviston, died Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Kindred Hospital St. Louis-St. Anthony’s in St. Louis.

He was born October 25, 1940 at the family home in Aviston, son of Bernard and Leona Feldmann, nee Holtgrave, and they preceded him in death.

Other precedents included his son-in-law, Gary A. Hilmes; two brothers, Herbert “Herbie” Feldmann and Lawrence Feldmann; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alphonse and Henrietta Jansen; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Sandy Feldmann, Chris Feldmann, Ron Jansen, and Marvin Jansen.

He married Carol Jansen on June 27, 1967 in Albers and she survives at home.

Also surviving are his children, Shelly (special friend, Jason Holthaus) Hilmes of Aviston, Deanne (Chris) Voegele of Highland, and Jay (Lindsey) Feldmann of Omaha, Nebraska; five grandchildren, Cody Voegele, Alyssa (special friend Holden Seegers) Voegele, Bailey Hilmes, and Luke and Jake Feldmann; a stepgrandson, Jake Holthaus; his siblings, Bernice (Laverne) Langhauser of Breese, Mary Ann Gent of Tinley Park, and Francis “Pete” Feldmann of Highland; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Ruby Feldmann of Summerfield, Joan and Dennis Wellen of Trenton, Susan and Ron Toennies of Aviston, Claudette and Walt Wiehardt of San Antonio, Texas, Steve and Nancy Jansen of Sandoval, Theresa and Jeff Wessel of Germantown, Donna Bell of O’Fallon, and Diane Winland of Fairview Heights.

Mr. Feldmann was a retired steel worker from American Steel Foundries in Granite City. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of St. Francis Parish in Aviston, where he helped as an usher and funeral server. Rich was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council #11110, a Jaycee International Senator, and a past president of the Aviston Jaycees. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels, was an umpire for high schools and then in later years umpired for slow pitch softball beer leagues. Rich was an avid sports fan who loved going to high school games; a die-hard CUBS fan; and enjoyed going to the casino and horse races, playing cards, and riding his scooter around town. Mr. Feldmann continued his caring ways after death by being a skin donor to help burn victims with skin grafts.

There will be a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a. m. Friday, March 15, 2019, from St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston, the Reverend Dan Friedman officiating. Interment St. Francis Cemetery, Aviston.

Friends may call Thursday, March 14, from 4 until 8 p. m., and Friday from 8 until 9:30 a. m. at Nordike Funeral Home in Aviston. There will be a prayer service at 4 p. m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, stones, and other gifts, memorials to the Aviston Park or Sugar Creek Ambulance Service will be received at the funeral home.

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