Irvin Lee Fether, 85, of Adrian, Mich., died Thursday, July 16, 2020, at ProMedica Bixby Hospital.
He was born March 6, 1935, in Franklin Township, Fulton County, Ohio, a son of Jacob and Lulu (Towne) Fether.
Irvin started his life in rural Fayette, Ohio, and was a 1954 graduate of Gorham-Fayette High School. Possessing an entrepreneurial spirit at the young age of 21, Irvin along with his brother Gerald, owned a mobile feed mill service. He later established and operated F & L Farm Supply, a fertilizer plant, for 33 years. Success there led to the establishment of a second location in Bradner, Ohio.
Irvin married the love of his life, the former Yolonda “Loni” Stultz on Dec. 20, 1958, in Adrian, Mich., and they enjoyed more than 61 wonderful years together.
After moving to Adrian in later years, Irvin and Loni attended Turning Point Church. Irvin enjoyed playing euchre, collecting John Deere toy tractors and spending time at their Devils Lake home. He and Loni headed south to Florida in the winter months to escape the cold weather of Michigan.
In addition to his wife, Irwin is survived by two daughters, Pamela (and Randy) Shutts of Bryan, Ohio, and Margo (and Doug) Brown of Maumee, Ohio; five grandsons, Andrew (and Erin) Harris, Dustin (and Angela) Harris, Austin (and Marissa) Brown, Adam Shutts and Anthony Shutts (and Dominique Jenkins); 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Gerald and Zale, along with two brothers in infancy, Doyle and Ivan.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian. Private burial will take placed Monday, July 20, with Pastor Christy Shaw officiating, at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette, Ohio.
Due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions, the family will receive friends while observing social distancing precautions. Visitors are requested to use masks to prevent spreading the virus with the exception of those under the age of five years old or those who cannot medically tolerate. Anyone showing any symptoms of infection are asked to please share their condolences by a phone call or leaving a condolence at the funeral home website.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Turning Point Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.