Gilbert J. Felton 1927–2020 Northfield—Gilbert "Gib" Felton, age 93, passed away with his family by his side on Sunday, September 6, 2020, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, following a brief illness. Gilbert John Felton was born June 28, 1927, in Neenah, Wisconsin, to John W. and Annette (Zick) Felton. He was raised on the family farm and attended Neenah schools, graduating from Neenah High School in 1945. On June 27, 1945, he was inducted into the US Navy and served during WWII. In 1952, he received his Bachelors of Education degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. In 1962, he received his Masters of Education degree from the University of Northern Iowa - Cedar Falls. On August 25, 1951, Gib married Eileen Lapham at Caledonia Methodist Church. After marriage he completed his degree and they moved to Harmony, Minnesota, for one year before moving to Waukon, Iowa. Gib taught 8th grade American History along with coaching junior high football, basketball and track. He retired in 1987 after 35 years of teaching and coaching. In retirement he enjoyed woodcarving, caning chairs, furniture restoration, gardening, and making doll houses and barns for his grandchildren. He and Eileen enjoyed traveling and attending elder hostels. Gib was an avid sports fan. In 2001, Eileen and Gib moved to Northfield. They were members of Northfield United Methodist Church and were former active members of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Waukon. Eileen passed away March 6, 2018. Survivors include his children, Sharon Reynolds of Lincoln, Illinois, Maribeth (Paul) Beck of Northfield, Grant (Tracy) Felton of Maple Grove; 7 grandchildren, Wesley (Katie) Reynolds, Katy Reynolds, David Beck, Kristin Beck, Taylor Felton, Carlye Felton, Mackenzie Felton; 2 great-granddaughters, Lily & Nora; 2 sisters-in-law, JoAnn Felton of Ripon, Wisconsin, Nancy Felton of Anchorage, Alaska; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years Eileen, his son-in-law Clyde Reynolds, his brothers Chester and Willard, and his parents. A graveside service and interment will be held at 11:00AM, Saturday, September 12, 2020, Portland Prairie Cemetery, Eitzen, Minnesota (rural Caledonia). Time to visit with the family will follow. Please bring your own chair and mask. Memorials are preferred to Portland Prairie Cemetery Association or the Northfield Community Action Center. www.northfieldfuneral.com
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