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Landis Edward Feather

Landis Edward Feather

Services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Katy, Texas, for Landis Edward Feather.

Feather, 94, passed away June 9, 2016.

He was born June 4, 1922, in Artesia to Landis Beranek Feather and Mary Sue Bullock-Feather. He served in the Army Air Force in World War II and soon after graduated at the top of his class from New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.

Landis worked for Westinghouse in Sharon, Pa., designing insulation materials for large power transformers and held six U.S. patents. He was a longtime active member of IEEE and ASTM. He and his wife, Freda, volunteered for the Shenango Valley, Pa., Meals on Wheels for more than 20 years, and he was an active member of the Methodist community.

Landis was a man of many talents. He nurtured many plants and had a large, diverse collection of cacti. He made good wine and champagne. He was an excellent carpenter and restored many antiques. He was a wonderful cook who inspired a love of green chiles. Land was an avid bird watcher and dog lover. He sang in his church choir and the Youngstown Philharmonic Choir, and he was a voracious reader and loved thrillers. He did all of these things with fascination and loving care.

Above all, Landis loved his family. He was a man of few but well-chosen words. His talent for understatement belied his humor, modesty and kindness. For all his accomplishments, he never bragged. For all his skepticism and reasoned beliefs, he never showed disrespect for another person.

Survivors include his wife and inseparable sweetheart of 66 years, Freda Wade Feather; son Neil Feather of Baltimore, Md.; daughter Mary Sue Harrison and husband Tommy of Katy; granddaughters Katie Comer and husband Jason, and Jill Bennett and husband Andrew, both of Katy; and great-granddaughters Amy Comer and Emma Bennett, both of Katy.

He was preceded in death by siblings Robert Leslie Feather of Tucson, Ariz., Joseph William Feather of Santa Fe, and Shirley Sue Feather-Whittemore of Concord, N.H.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers and friends that have enriched his life and eased his passing. In lieu of flowers, they suggest memorial contributions be made to Meals on Wheels of Shenango Valley, 396 Buhl Blvd., Sharon, PA, 16146.

Arrangements are under the direction of Schmidt Funeral Home of Katy.