Eugene (Gene) Gerald Feeman, age 60, left this life suddenly on February 25, 2018, due to complications of cardiovascular disease. He was born February 17, 1958, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to a loving mother, Marian Freienstein Feeman, and father, Eugene V. Freienstein. He was later adopted by John Feeman. He was the loving brother of one older sister, Mary Feeman Lofgren.
He graduated from Finneytown High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Utah. He was a talented writer, and history and literature were lifelong passions. If words on a page are black fire, Gene also truly understood white fire: the things left unsaid, the emotions that perhaps can never be fully expressed.
He was honored to be a loyal husband to Jullee Stockett Feeman for 20 years and had the privilege of helping her raise her wonderful children, Paul Nielsen, Jamie Nielsen Balaich, and Laurie Nielsen Rollins. Gene and Jullee are the parents of Katee Feeman, Gene’s pride and joy.
Gene loved life and lived it to the fullest. He loved laughter because he tasted much sorrow. He loved music and was a consummate musician, a largely self-taught master of the concertina, accordion and keyboards. The gift that brought such joy to his sometimes sad heart was freely shared with so many. Tears and laughter are the ebony and ivory of great music.
Gene loved nature in a deep and mystical way. He was never happier than when he was out in the forests doing Revolutionary and Civil Ware reenactments with Deks and Captain Tim, running long distance, including multiple marathons, camping in the mountains, biking in the free air on the trail or open road, or fishing in a lake, river or stream, preferably with those he loved. In high school, he was a highly competitive cross country and track runner. He rode many miles on his John Howard racing bike, enjoyed mountain biking, and loved getting Jullee out on their tandem bike. He was a very handsome, strong and tall man. We still remember that beautiful man.
Gene was a profoundly spiritual person. Despite the many challenges of his life, he had a deep and true testimony of his Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. His conversion to the gospel of Christ, which led to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was perhaps the most important experience of his life. Because of his faith, he was able to overcome abuse, addiction and mental illness for many years and serve with energy and joy in many callings large and small, and many more spontaneous and largely unknown acts of kindness. He loved God and loved God’s children without discrimination or reservation.
Most of all, Gene loved his family ever since his life story began with his angel mother Marian. His life’s greatest joys were experienced in the company of loved ones, especially his Katee. They had a very tender and special bond of the heart and soul. He spent many happy years with Katee’s mother, Jullee, and was glad to be a loving Poppa to her wonderful children, Paul, Jamie and Laurie. He considered their spouses, Cassandra, Nick and John, and their children as sons, daughters and grandchildren, and he had a fabulous friendship with Nick. He was a brother like none other to his sister, Mary, cared deeply for her husband, Rick, and was a great uncle to their son, Leif. He was a true friend to many, especially his blood brothers, Deks and Captain Tim.
We rejoice in his freedom from addiction and mental illness, and in his joyful reunion with his Savior and his beloved mother. We will join you one fine day. Fare Thee Well, Bonny Gene.