Karl Freddie Feigner
March 19, 1949 to July 20, 2011
Karl Freddie Feigner ended his battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma July 20, 2011, at his home in Corvallis. He was 62. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 29, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Milton Seventh-day Adventist Church (1244 N Elizabeth). Memorial contributions may be made to Benton Hospice Service, 2350 N.W. Professional Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330.
Karl was born March 19, 1949, in Walla Walla, the first son of Freddie and Gisela Zulauf Feigner. Karl grew up in Milton-Freewater and graduated from McLoughlin Union High School in 1967. His college career at Oregon State University was interrupted when he enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star, National Defense Service Metal, Vietnam Service Metal, Vietnam Campaign Metal, Good Conduct Metal and the Army Commendation Metal. When he returned home from Vietnam, he married his high school sweetheart, Pam Leiske, on June 10, 1973, and together they raised four children. Karl returned to Oregon State University and obtained his B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1977. His engineering career of 34 years began at Mobile Oil Refinery and led to becoming a professor of engineering at Walla Walla University, when he subsequently obtained his M.S. in mechanical engineering from Portland State University in 1994. After teaching for several years, he advanced his career at Hanford. From then on, he worked as a consulting engineer for various companies. His profession took him everywhere from the North Slope in Alaska to Durbin, South Africa. It was in South Africa where he miraculously survived a severe accident, falling 72 feet down an elevator shaft. Yet Karl was unstoppable, and did not allow his injuries to prevent him from living a full life and continuing to pursue his passion of engineering. Karl finished his accomplished career working at Greenberry Industrial in Corvallis.
Karl enjoyed auto racing, boating, swimming, water sports, baseball, football, golf, barbecuing and spending time with his family.
In October 2010, he was diagnosed with lymphoma and fought a courageous fight. Karl passed away in the loving arms of his wife and two of his children. He will be missed and will always be in our hearts.
Karl is survived by his wife, Pam Feigner; sons Jeremie Feigner, Nick Feigner and Justin Feigner and wife Meri, daughter Rachel Feigner; grandson Luke Feigner, parents Freddie and Gisela Feigner; brothers Rick and Mark Feigner and numerous aunts and uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Fred and Rachel Feigner and Heinrich and Anna Zulauf.