William 'Bill' M. Fehrenbach
William "Bill" M. Fehrenbach passed into the presence of his Savior, Jesus, January 11, 2014 at his home. Bill was born in Muncie, Ind. June 2, 1947 to George and Phyllis (Swallow) Fehrenbach. He lived in Muncie (where he was joined by brother, Michael), Jacksonville, Fla., and then moved with his family to Grants Pass, Ore. in 1959. The family later moved to Ashland, Ore.
Bill graduated from Ashland High School in 1965. He attended college briefly and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Bill served honorably in the nuclear submarine service aboard the USS Gato, a fast attack sub. He attained the rank of TM3 (torpedoman). He was very proud of his service. especially when the USS Gato was the lead boat in the search for the lost submarine, the USS Scorpion. He could tell sea stories and harrowing tales any time someone wanted to hear them.
William met Alana (Brandon) in 1971 and they were married November 25, 1972 at Moonbrook Wedding Chapel in Medford, Ore. They shared a marriage of 41 years before his death at the age of 66.
William worked for Cascade Wood Products for most of his working life. He took a five year break in the 70s and worked for Metropolitan Life as an agent. He had the distinction of being first in the district to qualify for the Leader's Conference in his first year in the business. He returned to Cascade Wood and worked there until retiring at the age of 62.
Bill was the man born 100 years too late. He was a cowboy at heart. After hunting with a friend on horseback, and packing with mules, he just had to have some of his own. That began a love affair with the mule. Bill and Alana joined the Oregon Mr. Longears Club and were active for many years. Bill cherished the friendships he had made over the years. He showed mules at the local and state level. He loved packing the mules for many trips into the back country in Oregon, California, and Idaho, mostly with great friends from OMLC. Bill was an avid hunter and lately a fisherman. He hunted bears as a teenager with his dad. He hunted deer with Alana and elk with friends. Upon his retirement he took up fly fishing. It took awhile but he caught his first "real" fish at Diamond Lake last fall. Bill was a proud member of the NRA, Oregon Hunter's Association, and Oregon State Sheriff's Association.
Bill's purpose for living was his Lord and Savior. Bill and Alana attended Trail Christian Fellowship. Under the teaching of Senior Pastor, Rick Boove, and all of the wonderful staff there, Bill learned how to love and follow his Lord. Bill truly fulfilled the commandment to love others. Bill was active in the church at the time of his passing. He served on the Mission Board and Prayer Ministry. He loved the Medford Gospel Mission and went regularly with the team from Trail. Bill and Alana traveled to Farmington, N.M on several occasions to serve at the Navajo Ministries site there. They have sponsored children for several years and Alana will continue to do so in his honor. Bill was so proud of his "Navajo Son", John. Bill would want to be remembered as a servant of the Lord.
Bill is survived by his wife, Alana; mother, Phyllis; brother, Mike; mother-in-law, Georgia Bass; brothers-in-law, David and Bruce Bandon all of Anchorage, Alaska; brother-in-law, Kevin (Kathleen) Brandon of Savannah, Georgia; and niece, Rhianna (Ben) Alee of Texas. He also has six step-brothers and sisters-in-law around the country. He will be missed especially by his cousins Debbie Ervin, (Joe) and Kim Fix, (Les) in Indiana, and cousin, Charlie (Rhonda) Fehrenbach of Ohio. Many other cousins live around the U.S. He was preceded in death by his father, George, in 1992.
His best friends, Sam and Sharon Fagone of Medford, Ore. will miss him greatly. Bill had many friends who will miss him so.
A private burial will be held. A memorial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Trail Christian Fellowship, 18881 Hwy. 62 (North of Eagle Point). A lunch potluck will follow in the Fireside Room. Please bring your favorite dish and come and share memories with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate gifts to the Medford Gospel Rescue Mission.
John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son. That whosever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life" (NASB).