Cornelius (Neal) Feikema

EVART — Cornelius (Neal) Feikema, 88, of Evart, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Autumnwood of McBain.

Cornelius was born on Jan. 11, 1926, in Okaton, S.D., to Frank and Ann (DeGraaf) Feikema. He was a 1946 graduate of Evart High School. Neal married Winona Kushmaul in 1946 in Sears. He was nearly a lifelong Evart area resident. Neal and Winona’s music was entertainment at many dances around Mid-Michigan.

He retired from Liberty Dairy after working there for many years and retired from farming in 2004. He was active with the Michigan State Agriculture program and was a premier Angus breeder. He was very involved in 4-H, the Osceola County Fair and starting livestock shows and auctions throughout the state, judging at many of them.

He attended the Evart and North Evart United Methodist Churches.

Cornelius is survived by his wife of 67 years, Winona, of Evart; a daughter, Sharon Lamie, of Middleville; son, Neal Duane Feikema, of Evart; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; eight sisters, Hermina Stoker, of Lansing, Corena Cass, of Evart, Josphina Tift, of Florida, Francis Brackett, of Big Rapids, Annette (Bruce) Giddings, of Lansing, Chris Fabijancic, of Lansing, Harlene Matlia, of Lansing, Kathy Ohler, of Lansing; four brothers, Don “Spike” Feikema, of Clarksville, Ark., Fred (Ferne) Feikema, of Evart, John (Jeanie) Feikema, of Lansing, and Frank (Ann) Feikema of Tucson, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services for Cornelius Feikema are on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart, with Pastor Tim Ford officiating. Visitation was on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Internment will be in the Osceola Township Cemetery.