Flying and building experimental airplanes was Paul’s passion. He was a member of the Ottumwa Chapter 409 of the Experimental Aircraft Assoc iation (EAA) for many years, serving as its president for several of those years. He built an Acro Sport airplane, in which he flew over 400 hours with wife Myrtle, family and friends. He was awarded the Lindbergh Award on the Acro Sport at the International Convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association at
One of the fondest awards for Paul was the one that recognized his activity with the Young Eagles program of the EAA. Paul flew over 100 hours with Young Eagles, introducing scores of young people to their first flying experience. He loved taking the members of Myrtle’s Sunday School classes on their first airplane rides. Dozens of other young people learned to water ski or roller skate under Paul’s patient tutorship.
Paul loved bowling, playing on a team for many years. He was also a conscientious member of his community, serving as president of his rural school board during its last years, serving as member and president of the Lay Advisory Board of the local hospital for several years, and giving high priority to service on the Missions Committee of his church.
Stewardship of the land occupied many of Paul’s energies as a farmer. He and his father and uncle built nine ponds on their farm west of
Paul Felkner was known to his family and his community as a man of absolute honesty, integrity, and generosity. He leaves a host of friends and constituents to mourn his passing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a great grandson, Dominique Ennis.
Paul is survived by his wife, Myrtle Felkner of Centerville; son, William Edward Felkner and his wife, Natalie of Centerville; daughters, Barbara Dianne Gardner and her husband, Stephen of Ottumwa and Joan Virginia Felkner of Iowa City; grandchildren, Emily and Kyle Felkner of Centerville, Dianne Ennis and her husband, Rick of Ames and Stephanie Edwards and her husband, Don of Kansas City, Kan.; great- grandchildren, Dakota, Chance, Destany, Zachary and Miles Ennis all of Ames, Chelsea and Andrew Edwards of Texas; one sister,
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. at the
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct, 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville, then moved to the Faith United Methodist Church for a family visitation from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials can be made to the Felkner Cemetery or to the Faith United Methodist Church's Sunday School Rooms and can be left at the funeral home. The Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Centerville is caring for the Felkner family at this time and condolences can be sent at:`Schmidtfamilyfuneralhome.com