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Cloyd Olney Feigley

April 3, 1922 October 12, 2008
Cloyd Olney Feigley
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Obituary for Cloyd Olney Feigley

Cloyd Olney Feigley, an eighty year resident of Milford, died surrounded by his loving family at his home on First Street, Sunday afternoon, October 12, 2008. He was 86 years old. Born in Galion, Ohio on April 3, 1922, the son of Elmer Merle & Georgia Mae Feigley, Cloyd first came to Michigan in 1928 before his family settled in the Village of Milford in the early thirties. It was early on in his boyhood that he embraced the value of hard work and making the most of his days. He first began driving a car at the young age of fourteen, delivering groceries throughout town in addition to working alongside his father in the small garage on Center Street which later became the humble beginnings for Feigley Motors-a family business that would eventually thrive through three generations. In 1940 he graduated from Milford High School, where he was well known for his great sense of humor sometimes earning him the better attentions of the principal. Shortly after graduation he began acquiring the foundation for his career in Automotive Sales Management at General Motors Institute, a management, mechanic and technical program in Flint. He enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps on October 15, 1942 and was soon drafted to active duty during WWII, serving as a Clerk Typist with the 84th Service Group supporting the 356th Fighter�s Squadron. Stationed early on in England, Cloyd went on to see most of Europe throughout the War. He was honorably discharged from service on October 28, 1945 and returned to Milford to resume his work with the family dealership. In December of �46 he began dating a young lady he had known from high school named Margery Bourns and soon fell in love. They were married in August the following year in the old Methodist Church located at the south end of Union Street. The newlyweds made their first home on Canal Street and were soon blessed with children. In 1968 they moved to their longtime residence on First Street where they remained to raise their daughters, Deborah, Dorothy and Doreen and sons, Daniel, Dale and Donald.

When Cloyd wasn�t busy, he was thinking about how to be busy. In addition to his duties about a large household and his unwavering attention to the family business, he served as the treasurer for Huron Valley Schools from 1968-1972, a firefighter and former Chief of the department from 1946-1987, and a member of the American Legion Post #216 since 1946-instrumental in the acquisition of the Post�s current land and building. He enjoyed Friday night Pinochle with his wife and their friends, family gatherings with his children and grandchildren, and long walks through downtown Milford where he was unmistakably recognized by the company of his canine sidekick, Joe. Above all, Cloyd was the sort of man that made places like Milford feel a little more like home. He was a wonderful husband and dad, a valuable citizen, good neighbor and friend.

Cloyd was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Feigley in 1980. In addition to his beloved wife of 61 years, Margery (Bourns) Feigley, he is survived by his children, Deborah Saputo, Dale (Sherry) Feigley, Donald (Tama) Feigley, Dorothy (Stephen) Magyari and Doreen (Darryl) Kettle; 11 grandchildren; brother, Merlin (Dolores) Feigley and sister, Elsie (Paul) Hinzmann.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 East Liberty, Milford, Tuesday 2-9 PM. The Funeral Service will be held from Milford United Methodist Church, 1200 Atlantic Street, Wednesday, October 15 at 11 AM with Rev. James Braid officiating. Burial & Military Honors will follow at Milford Memorial Cemetery. Memorials are encouraged to be made to the Milford United Methodist Church or to the Milford American Legion Post #216. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.


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