Earl Paul Feddersen, 70, St. Clair, departed this life in Washington Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.
Earl was born in St. Louis May 21, 1942, the son of Edgar Victor Norman Feddersen and wife Florence, nee Essert.
On June 19, 1965, he was united in marriage to Gwendolyn Sue Rakey and two sons came to bless this union.
Earl is survived by his wife, Gwen Feddersen, St. Clair; two sons, Joel Feddersen and wife Tina, Sullivan, and Dan Feddersen and wife Amy, St. Clair; stepmother, Anna Feddersen, Naples, Fla.; two sisters, Judy Norris, St. Louis, and Ann Tyree and husband Tom, St. Clair; brother, Arthur Hey and wife Marty, Fenton; five grandchildren, Katerina and Ashton Feddersen, both of Sullivan, and Ben, Seth and Luke Feddersen, all of St. Clair; aunts; uncles; brothers- and sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Florence Feddersen; stepmother, Hazel Feddersen; and one brother-in-law, Wayne Harlow.
Earl was a devoted Christian and began serving as pastor for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Clair, in September 1967, while he was still in seminary training. He continued his education and obtained his master's degree in theology. After graduation, he became the full- time pastor in 1968. Earl served the church as pastor until 1996. At that time he began his career with the International Center for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, St. Louis, as the writer for the World Mission department and later managed the website for the L.C.M.S. Foundation. In recent years, he enjoyed singing in the church choir.
Earl was always a very active member of the community. He was one of the first 100 people in Missouri to obtain a paramedics license in 1983 and volunteered with the St. Clair Ambulance Association, as well as serving on the board of directors. He was a past member of the St. Clair Park Board and St. Clair Rotary Club. He was instrumental in establishing the St. Clair Little League Basketball program and served as a coach for many years.
Earl loved spending time outdoors and was an avid golfer. Fishing and hunting were other favorite pastimes, especially with his sons and grandchildren. Nothing made Earl happier than the time and love he shared with his family. He and Gwen enjoyed traveling together and spending winters in the hill country of Texas. Earl's sons were his pride and joy and each of his grandchildren held a special place in his heart. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Clair, with the Revs. Roger Altenberger and Joel Lehenbauer officiating.
Private committal will take place at a later date.
Memorials may be made to L.C.M.S. World Mission or Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Clair.
The Feddersen family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
Published in The Missourian on January 2, 2013