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Christopher D. Feeney
September 23, 1946 ~ October 28, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Christopher D. Feeney, 77, entered into rest on Saturday, October 28, 2023.
Because John Feeney jumped into the Pacific on May 8, 1942, after the USS Lexington was hit by a Japanese Kamikaze aircraft, a very special human being was brought into this world: Christopher Dunmire Feeney. Born September 23, 1946, to John and Lola DeGreef Feeney, in a tiny attic in Indiana, PA, Christopher was nurtured by a large extended family as his Dad finished Indiana University of PA. Later his father, an FBI Special Agent, was posted at numerous places across the USA. After the Vietnam draft, Chris bypassed deferment and went to Vietnam. After returning, he attended college at Eastern New Mexico University, receiving a degree in the sciences. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a US Army officer. After twenty-six years of service, he retired at Fort Gordon, Georgia.
Christopher was distinguished for his life-long love of birds. From childhood, he read, studied, traveled, and shared his zeal for birds. His most fervent desire was to discover if the Ivory Billed Woodpecker still lived in the swamps of American Southeast. He was convinced that it did.
A beloved family member, he is survived by his wife, Noel Mullen Feeney; son, James; daughter-in-law, Katharine; his brothers, Michael and Scott; sister, Patricia; step-mother, Gail; Jeanne Crepes; and Amanda Clemente.
Celebrations of his life will be held in different locations. To make a remembrance gift in Christopher’s name, please consider the Cornell School of Ornithology and bird preservation groups throughout the world.