Fern Orban

Bethalto | Friday, April 10 2015

Fern R. Orban, 86, passed at 8:50 am Friday April 10, 2015 at Eunice Smith in Alton.

She was born on May 14, 1928 in Wood River, IL the daughter of Robert & Leona (Neumann) Ragan.

Fern was preceded in death by three husbands, Richard Feltes, John Pentland and Dennis Orban.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto and retired from Economy Boat Store in Wood River.  She was a lifetime member of the Women of the Moose in Wood River where she served as the Deputy Grand Regent.  She also loved playing cards, gardening, taking care of her yard, flowers, walking and reading.

Fern loved her family dearly and was a dedicated mother and grandmother and loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.  She loved to make her family and friends happy.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Toby & Kim Feltes of Bethalto, a daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Mike Yarborough of East Alton, nine grandchildren and their spouse, Michelle & Chris VanWinkle, Kelly & Michelle Feltes, Kyle & Michelle Feltes, Amanda Feltes, Mick & Susan Yarborough, Joe & Rachele Yarborough, Brian & Becky Yarborough, Mark & Tina Yarborough, and John Yarborough; two stepchildren and spouse, Tom & Annie Orban, and Randy Orban; a step son-in-law, Don Davis, three step grandchildren, Scott, David and Jennifer, and several great grandchildren,

In addition to her husbands, she was also preceded in death by a son, Robert “Tank” Feltes, a granddaughter, Monica French, a brother, J.T. Ragan and a stepdaughter, Denise Davis.

Visitation will be from 10 am until time of funeral services at 12 noon Tuesday April 14, 2015 at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto with Pastor Mark Hofferber officiating.

Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.

Memorials may be made to: Zion Lutheran Tuition Assistance fund or Parkinson’s Foundation.

Online condolences and guest book may be found at

Obit Provided By:
Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home

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