Rod Library--Special Collections
June 16, 1946 - March 21, 2014
Dr. Richard Fehlman, aged 67, of Spirit Lake, died on March 21, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Katherine Fehlman.
He is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Debra Beck Fehlman; daughter, Jessica (Jon) Lewin and son, Pete (Amanda); sisters, Ann Ruehl (Bob) and Elizabeth Fehhnan; grandsons, Jack, Thomas, and Maxwell Lewin and granddaughter, Eva Fehlman. Richard graduated from Illinois Benedictine College and received an M. A. and Ph. D. in English education from the University of Iowa. He taught high school English for twenty-two years and was a professor at the University of Northern Iowa for seventeen years, where he was a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1996. The National Telemedia Council also presented him with the Jessie McCanse Award for Individual Contribution to Media Literacy in 2004.
He loved the Hawkeyes, Panthers, a Manhattan, and the creativity in others. He was a brilliant man, who shared his gift with thousands via the classroom. A student and teacher to the end, Dr. Fehhnan is loved and missed by the family, friends, colleagues, and students whom he loved.
A memorial service will be held in Geneseo, Illinois, this summer.
Adapted from the Schuchert Funeral Home and Crematory on-line obituary; downloaded March 24, 2014.