Barney was a man who lived life fully and abundantly. The grandson of an early settler in
Barnery never attended high school or college. He left the classroom in the little country school across the road at the end of fifth grade to help his father with the farming. Over the years he farmed first with his father and brothers, then in partnership with his brother Jim, and finally with Jim and nephew Paul. He loved the Century Farm which was his home from birth to death, and found pleasure in the changing seasons, the growing crops, and the wild life around him. Once Barney trained a team of four baby crows, which came at Barney's whistle to perch on his shoulder or on a stepladder on the lawn.
As a young man Barney began to call square dances and to act as auctioneer for the box suppers that were customary fund-raisers for the country schools and churches. At the age of 90 he still called the "do-si-do's" at the nursing home while his young friends danced to entertain the residents.
During World Ware I Barney served with the 88th Heavy Artillary in southern
In 1947 Barney married Nancy VanDeVenter at
Barney also worked at the Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair for 47 years, serving as the superintendent for 25 of those years.
During World War II Barney served on the Appanoose County Selective Service Board for 6 1/2 years, being chairman for four of those years. He received several citations from Presidents Roosevelt and Truman for this service.
In 1972 Nancy Felkner suffered a stroke which kept her confined to a nursing home until her death in 1979. During those years Barney visited the home daily, keeping
Following eye surgery in 1985, Barney could no longer live alone, but even after his move to the
Barney Felkner is survived by his loving nephew Paul who cared for him for many years, and by his niece,