It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dennis Herald Feltner, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Dennis departed from this world on November 9, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love and cherished memories.
Born on December 16, 1945, in Hamilton, Ohio, Dennis made his way to Leslie County, Kentucky fifty years ago, where he established his roots and built a life filled with joy and purpose. He was the son of Herald Feltner and Etta Mae Cress, who nurtured him with unwavering love. In their tender care, Dennis developed values that would shape his character throughout his life.
Dennis's career was marked by hard work and dedication. He spent his professional years as a retired coal miner from Shamrock Coal Company. Beyond that, he owned and operated Feltner Body Shop as a self-employed individual. His commitment to excellence was evident in every task he undertook.
One of Dennis's greatest joys in life was being an active member of the Upper Grassy Branch Pentecostal Church. His faith was an anchor that guided him through both triumphs and challenges — a testament to his unwavering devotion to God and his spiritual community.
When he wasn't working or at church, Dennis indulged in various hobbies and interests. He found solace in the great outdoors while fishing, coon hunting or embarking on exhilarating deer hunting adventures. Four-wheel riding provided him with a sense of freedom and excitement that brought vitality to his spirit. Additionally, he derived immense pleasure from watching Gunsmoke and keeping up with current events on the news.
Dennis Feltner's proudest accomplishment was undoubtedly his family — the foundation from which he drew strength and inspiration. Joan and Dennis were united in marriage on July 12, 1967. Joan Feltner stood by his side as his loving wife throughout their journey together. They shared a bond built on unconditional love and unwavering support.
Bill Feltner, their devoted son, and his wife Sharon were a constant source of joy for Dennis. Their presence brought warmth and happiness into his life, creating lasting memories that will be treasured forever. Denise Morgan, his cherished daughter, and her husband Scott shared an unbreakable bond with Dennis, one filled with love and mutual admiration.
Dennis held his sister Barbara Doan and up until her death Donna Faye Morgan in high regard, cherishing the special connection they shared. They provided love and guidance to him throughout their lives, fostering a deep sibling bond that transcended time.
His four grandchildren, Jessica Cornett and her husband Austin, David Morgan and his wife Hannah, Darrin Feltner and his wife Madison, and Noah Feltner alongside Kaitlin Stamper brought immeasurable joy to Dennis's life. The laughter and love shared between Dennis and his grandchildren created an unbreakable bond that will forever resonate.
The arrival of three great-grandchildren — Abel Jameson Cornett, Canaan Luke Morgan, and Elouise Mae Morgan — brought immense pride to Dennis. His heart swelled with unconditional love each time he held them close in his arms.
Dennis was also blessed with the affection of four special brothers-in-law: Wendell Smith alongside Brenda Joyce, John D Smith alongside Brenda Carol, John Wayne Garrison alongside Lois, Edmond Collett who was preceded in death by his wife Edith, Kathy Jean Smith stood as a special sister-in-law whom Dennis cherished deeply. Two special nieces Stephanie Morgan and Renee Tate added color to the tapestry of Dennis's life. Dennis also leaves surviving a host of special nieces and nephews.
In addition to his surviving family members, there are numerous cherished relatives and friends who mourn his passing. Each life that Dennis touched was enriched by the warmth of his spirit, leaving an indelible mark on all who knew him.
A Funeral Service will be held on Nov. 13, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Upper Grassy Branch Pentecostal Church in Essie, KY. with Pastor Patrick Morgan and Pastor Jerry Maggard officiating. Scott Morgan his son-in-law will be reading the obituary. Friends and family will gather at the sacred space to pay their final respects to a remarkable individual. The Upper Grassy Branch Pentecostal Church, nestled in the heart of Essie, holds countless memories of Dennis's deep faith and his unwavering commitment to his community even though his sickness kept him at home.
As we bid farewell to Dennis Herald Feltner, let us remember his radiant smile, his unwavering faith, and his gentle spirit. He leaves behind a legacy of love that will continue to inspire those fortunate enough to have known him. May his soul find eternal peace as he reunites with loved ones who have passed before him. Though our hearts may ache with grief, let us also rejoice in the knowledge that Dennis's impact on our lives will never fade. Interment will follow the funeral services in the Albert Morgan Cemetery at Essie, KY.