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Gerald James Fehringer June 5, 1931 - April 17, 2024

Gerald (Jerry) Fehringer

Age 92

Died:  April 17, 2024

Raised in Humphrey, Nebraska by parents Lawrence and Mary Fehringer he was the oldest of four children.  Gerald is survived by two sisters, Doris and Sylvia.  His other sister, Kathy, preceded him in death.  He married Virginia Klas at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Nampa, Idaho in 1951.

Gerald’s career centered around John Deere Company.  His father and uncle owned a John Deere dealership where dad worked and learned the farm implement business from an early age.  A few years after moving to Nampa as a young adult he continued his career with John Deere Co. in the Boise, Idaho sales branch.  When that branch office later closed he was transferred to the Portland, Oregon sales branch. He worked there from 1961 until retirement from the position of Complete Goods Coordinator.

Gerald was a lifelong outdoor enthusiast who thoroughly enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his wife, four sons and many family friends.  Many winter weekends and summer vacations were devoted to fishing for steelhead and trout on the Sandy and Metolius Rivers in Oregon with young boys in tow.  Each fall season was dedicated to deer and elk hunting.  His skills in these pursuits have been passed on through the generations.

Shortly after retirement Gerald and his wife Virginia began making annual September pilgrimages to the Rogue River in southwest Oregon to fish for fall chinook salmon.  They were joined by their sons, their son’s families and several family friends.  This tradition continued for 33 consecutive years.  Numerous years were highly successful and scores of salmon went home with Gerald and Virginia, much to the delight of many salmon eating friends.  Good camaraderie as well as many jokes and pranks made this a special event.

Gerald and Virginia also spent 20 summer seasons at Arrowhead Campground in Cascade, Idaho in their motor home.  Here they made many more friends and developed the hobby of woodcarving. Several large totem poles in the campground are a result of his work.  He also enjoyed carving cowboy caricatures with many of these adorning their places of residence.

Gerald is survived by his wife, their four sons and daughter-in-laws, Russ (Colleen), Dave (Nora), Rich (Vicky), and Ron (Valerie); nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

We sons are grateful to our father and mother for our wonderful childhood, solid home life, values and faith, as well as the continued love and support we have received throughout our lives.  We additionally wish to thank Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village Assisted Living in Meridian, Idaho for their loving care and attention to our father and also Keystone Hospice for their assistance.

Gerald’s funeral service will be held on Friday, May 17th at 1:00 pm at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 510 W. Roosevelt Ave. in Nampa, Idaho.  A rosary will precede the funeral service on Thursday, May 16th at 7:00 pm at Bowman Funeral Parlor in Garden City, Idaho.

In lieu of flowers please consider making donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Gerald’s name.  This may be accomplished via their website or by mail at:  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105

Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City.

Gerald's funeral service will be held on Friday, May 17th at 1:00 pm at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 510 W. Roosevelt Ave. in Nampa, Idaho.  A rosary will precede the funeral service on Thursday, May 16th at 7:00 pm at Bowman Funeral Parlor in Garden City, Idaho.

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  1. REPLY
    Lee Klas says

    Gerry always had a fun and loving relationship with all of Virginia”s family. He was like another son to Lawrence and Leona and like a brother to Walt (Nell) Klas, Thelma (Jack) Kappelman, Loraine (Vern) Baumgart, and Lee (Brenda) Klas. He had a special bond with all of us and even our children and we
    cherish all of the family reunions and relationships going back to his joining our family in 1951. The teasing and joke playing went on almost constantly among all of us. The ten of us had many family
    reunions in various sites in Oregon and Idaho, and many pictures to document just how much fun we
    all had together. Gerry was usually in the middle of it all, if not the instigator. You made a great choice,
    Ginnie! Thanks for bringing him into our lives and making him a part of our family. He was, as they
    say in fishing terms, a Keeper!! Love to everyone reading this, Lee and Brenda Klas

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    John Kappelman says

    I cannot remember a time when Uncle Gerry was not in my life. The Fehringers lived just up the road from us in Nampa until 1961 when they moved to Portland. One of my earliest memories, when I was 4 or 5 years old, was riding in the backseat of Aunt Gin’s car with my Fehringer cousins on our way to Kurtz park for a birthday party. This was pre-seatbelts days, and we stood up in the back, laughing, holding onto a horizontal strap covered with a dark blue plush velvet-like fabric that I can still feel. After their move to Oregon, I was always so happy when the family came to Nampa for their annual summer visit. I pitched my pup tent out back near Granpa and Granma’s garden because I was so excited for their arrival that I could not wait until the next day to see them! Us cousins would always be out fishing or hunting, building the ever larger treehouse in the willow on the Klas farm or playing baseball, and there was sometimes a camping trip in the mountains, with one memorable time on Silver Creek when we caught (and released) over one hundred trout.

    Uncle Gerry was key to all of these adventures, and asking me to join in at an early age forged my lifelong interest in the outdoors and all things hunting, camping, and fishing. He was the conservationist’s conservationist, and as I got older, we had many discussions about the importance of preserving what remains of the wild country. He loved the outdoors, and especially loved Idaho, and I remember how happy he was when he and Aunt Gin moved back.

    One of the most poignant memories I have of Uncle Gerry is his overarching love for his family – his wife, my Aunt Virginia, and their four sons, Russ, Dave, Rich, and Ron, and their families. I also have fond memories of seeing him with Granpa Lawrence and Granma Leona. He treated them with the love and respect one has for one’s parents, and they returned that love to him, and treated him like a son. He was truly a member of the Klas family, and the clan reunions when everyone was in Nampa were so much fun.

    The world without Uncle Gerry will be a poorer place, but those of us who knew and loved him are so much richer for the time that we shared with him.

    Rest in peace, Uncle Gerry.

    And Aunt Gin and Russ, Dave, Rich, and Ron and your families, you are all in our thoughts as you move through this challenging time.

    Love, your nephew and godson, and cousin, John Kappelman

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In lieu of flowers please consider making donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Gerald's name.  This may be accomplished via their website or by mail at:  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105