ELGIN - Mr. Fehring died at home Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, after a long battle with brain cancer. A wake will be held at the Elgin Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2020, at 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Ann Catholic Church, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lawton. John was born Oct. 3, 1954, in Fort Belvoir, Va. He and his wife, Mary, were joined in marriage Oct. 8, 1977, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Elgin. He was employed at United Rentals, Inc. for 45 years and also worked as an advanced EMT at Comanche County Memorial Hospital for several years during that time. John was a volunteer firefighter and first responder alongside his father and brother at Edgewater Park Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years. He was very active in his church community where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Tri-Parish Men’s Club, a member of the Parish Council, a member of the building club and occasionally as a teacher for religious education. He often spent his free time working to help others. He found great joy in service. He was constantly working with his hands and could repair anything that needed fixing. He loved to fish with his family and spent may summer evenings eating hot dogs on the lakeshore with lines in the water. He loved sports, but particularly softball and Little League baseball. He took pride in coaching and helping young athletes. He’s remembered by his warm smile, his sense of humor, his kindness and his strength. Survivors include his wife of the home, Mary; three daughters: Steffanie and her husband Brandon Cole; Jessica and her husband Dustin Ray; and Rachelle and her husband Joe Jacobi; eight grandchildren; his parents: Herman and Jackie Feh- ring; his sister, Elizabeth and her husband Stan Bates; his brother Larry and his wife Sandra Fehring; his sister, Elaine and her husband Mark Boyles; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. John was preceded in death by his daughter, Megan Elizabeth Fehring; paternal grandparents: Emma and Tony Fehring; maternal grandparents: Mary and Sam Wright; Uncle, Herbert Feh- ring; Aunt Anna Mae Abate; Uncle Wilbert Fehring; his mother- and father-in-law: Mary and Robert Meehan; and a brother-in-law Robert Meehan. The family would like to give special thanks for the compassionate care to the following: Dr. John DeGroot and Dr. Jeffery Weinberg, MD Anderson, Houston, Texas; Dr. Sara Sung and Dr. Chad Glenn: Stevenson Cancer Center, OKC; and Dr. Richard Brittingham and all his staff: CCMH Home Health and Hospice Lawton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to MD Anderson Cancer Research.
He found great joy in service to others.