Service for lifelong Valley resident is Saturday
A memorial service for Leo Francis Eugene “Gene” Felten, 91, is 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, which was built while his father was pastor.
Felten died Feb. 10, 2012, of natural causes at the home of nephew Bob and Kristin Felten in Reno, where he had been living since October.
Born June 29, 1920, in Hanover, Wis., Mr. Felten arrived in Carson Valley in June 1921, when his father Rev. Paul H. Felten answered a call to serve Nevada’s oldest Lutheran congregation.
One of nine children, he grew up in the parsonage of the old church, which was located along the East Fork of the Carson River near Lutheran Bridge.
Felten graduated from Douglas County High School in Gardnerville in 1939. Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Felten was drafted into U.S. Army and served at an air base in Australia during World War II
As a young man, he worked at Glock’s Grocery in Minden.
He retired from the First National Bank of Nevada where he had worked first in Carson City and then in Minden.
Family members said Mr. Felten loved hiking in the Pine Nut Hills and wildlife of all kind.
“He wrote of the animals he encountered whether in the wild or outside his door,” they said.
“He spoke of his long time residence overlooking Carson Valley as paradise and couldn’t imagine any better place to live.”
Mr. Felten was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and the Douglas County Historical Society.
He is preceded in death by brothers Roland, Herbert and Carl; and sisters Ruth, Eleanor Crawford and Lillie Harvey.
He is survived by brother Harold (Norma) Felten of Centerville; sister Edith (Richard) Gross of Portland, Ore.; and many nieces and nephews including Carson Valley residents Roxanne Stangle and Mark Felten.
Mountain View Mortuary in Reno is handling arrangements.