John Casper Feiner


October 19, 1933 - September 2, 2011


John Casper Feiner was born in Mitchell on Oct. 19, 1933, to Albert and Dorothy (Bauer) Feiner. He graduated from Ethan High School in 1951. He was quarterback for the 1950 undefeated Ethan High football team, was on the 1951 state tournament basketball team and was on the track team – his pole vault record still stands. He was on the first Ethan team to go to the state Junior Legion baseball tournament. He attended the University of South Dakota, then joined his father at Ethan Dairy Products. He purchased the business in 1968 and retired in 1992. On Aug. 22, 1965, he married Phyllis Dunn and they raised three daughters. He was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and a member of the church choir since he was 16. He was Ethan's mayor for six years and served on the City Council for 10 years. He was a member of the state amateur basketball board for 40 years and served as President for 36 years. He was a longtime member of the South Dakota Dairy Association, serving as President for two years. For many years, he maintained the Ethan High football field and was time keeper for the boys and girls basketball teams.

He is survived by three daughters: Sue (Greg) Horstman, Mitchell; Sharon Feiner (Tim Larson), Minneapolis, MN; Kathy (Scott) Wosje, Chanhassen, MN; two grandchildren, Blake and Lauren Wosje, nine brothers and sisters: Francis (Bernice) Feiner, Ethan; Keith (Janice) Feiner, Ethan; Mary Ann Wethor, Mitchell; Don (Pat) Feiner, Crystal Lake, IL; Chuck (Mary Sue) Feiner, Spencer; Therese (Dennis) McCrary, Brooklyn Park, MN; Barbara Ann (Robert) Bogg, Denver, CO; Carol Jean (Ed) Bowar, Sioux Falls; and David (Leona) Feiner, Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis in 2002, and one brother, Robert.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Scripture Service - 7:00 PM
Ethan, South Dakota


Wednesday, September 7, 2011
10:30 AM
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Ethan, South Dakota


Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery
Ethan, South Dakota

Posted by Chuck Hohn on September 8, 2011
I can recall seeing your Dad working at the cheese plant when your Grandad still ran the plant. Always time to say hello and a smile. Always working right along with the other guys and just as hard as they were. It didn't seem that it changed a great deal as time passed. Still working right along with the men long after Al was gone. Yet he still had time to stay involved in so many ways in the comunity and sports. He was a great asset to Ethan and the State and will be missed by many who knew him..
Rest in peace John
Charles and Pat Hohn
Posted by Karen Miiller on September 7, 2011
So sorry to hear about your dad, Sue. He was a wonderful man and when I saw him he always had a smile on his face. I will say a prayer for you and your family. God Bless.
Posted by Colleen and Morgan Stadlman on September 7, 2011
Kathy, Shari, Sue, and families
My deepest sympathies are extended out to you and your extended families for your loss. I am praying that each of you may find comfort in the memories that you have shared with him and to know that he is with God and other loved ones at this time.
Going back to Ethan will never be the same for either you or us. I will be thinking of you all often.
Posted by Ann Braley Smith on September 6, 2011
Sharon, Sue, Kathy and the rest of the Feiner family, my thoughts and prayers are with you...may you find comfort among one another and in your dad's memory.
Posted by Brad Moe on September 6, 2011
I've known John most of my life, as I worked for him and his dad at the cheese factory in Ethan, thru jr. high and high school. I would consider John as a emntor of mine while I was growing up in Ethan. John would always have a comment for me after our basketball or baseball games, and how I enjoyed his comments, always helpful, and wanted us to improve on what we did. Have a good journey to you're Father, John, you will be missed, but reunited w/ that beautiful bride of yours, for eternity.
Posted by Larry and Arlene Chase on September 6, 2011
We've spent many wonderful times with John and his wonderful wife Phyllis. Being a Chicago girl and living in Arizona since 1964, I met John and Phyllis later in life .Larry of course, went to school with John in Ehan. Phyllis and I met in the 70's when the Feiner's would travel to Arizona, and became instant best friends, like sisters. We had so much in common and shared a love for Jesus and family. The Bible says "Her children shall arise and call her blessed." That is certainly true of Phyllis. Now dear John has joined her in heaven. We will miss you John, you were special and fun to be with. We'll see you when we get there too!
Posted by Del Black on September 6, 2011
My prayers are with the Feiner family. I played baseball (Mitchell Cobbs) with John one year. Also against him in high school basketball (with Notre Dame). My sister (Rosemary Nultemeier) and Phyliss were nursing school classmates and great friends.
Posted by Michelle Fure on September 6, 2011
Sharon and family - so sorry for your loss. May you fine comfort in one another as you celebrate this life and mourn his passing. Take care.
Posted by Marvin Hastings, Ankeny, IA on September 5, 2011
John was a great friend of mine in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
John and I once took a vacation together to see Chicago Cubs and White Sox games in Chicago; Cincinnati vs. Dodger games in Cincinnati, and Minnesota Twins vs. Yankees games in the Twin Cities. That was before the Dome stadium, and Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were chasing Babe Ruth's home run record.I was sports editor of the Daily Republic at the time, and John, and I once spent a few days in Aberdeen when he participated in the South Dakota Amateur basketball tournment during a blizzard (or at least "near-blizzard") weather conditions. We also went pheasant hunting together with friends from Chicago, whom the Feiner family hosted each fall. I also believe I introduced John to the game of golf, and it wasn't long before he was easily beating me at each outing. I married the former Betty Lauer and soon moved to Sioux City in 1963. John and Phyliss married within a year or two, but we had ocassionally enjoyed our courtships together. I know how much John treasured his wife.
John was a wonderful friend, and I can imagine how much he will be missed by his family and friends.
--Marv Hastings.
Posted by Gerry Kluch on September 5, 2011
John can finally join his TRUE LOVE in eternal rest... Have a great journey, my friend...
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