J. Douglas “Doug” Fellers, 79, Hays, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society of Hays.
He was born Nov. 11, 1938, in Hays to Edmond E. and Florence (Tichenor) Fellers.
He married Pam (Henderson) Allen on April 21, 1984, in Hays. He was a partner in the family owned Higher View Dairy where he was a respected breeder and exhibitor of registered holsteins. He bred and developed the first Excellent 95-5E cow of the breed and exhibited cattle in many state, regional and national exhibitions.
He won many grand championships at the Kansas State Fair and Dallas Fort Worth Livestock Show. He was also the recipient of a Reserve All American Award. He was an astute dairy judge in the United States, Mexico, and South America. He used his expertise to assist many breeders in the preparation of showing their cattle even if it made the competitions cattle beat one of his own. After dispersing his herd he went to work for the Holstein Association as a classifier and travelled the U.S., evaluating cattle to help improve breeding on farms.
He was an active member of the National and State Holstein Association, serving as the state organization as it’s president. He had an amazing creative side that led to building bird houses without plans and he created a true type model Holstein that he had cast from his model and then painted for dairymen with the marking of their prized animals. He also created 13 with the map of the world on both sides to be used as Select Sires awards at one of their international award ceremonies.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; four sons, Jay Fellers and wife, Sharla, Jeff Fellers and wife, Leslie, Jason Fellers and wife, Lucia, and Josh Fellers; a daughter, Jenny Morgan and husband, David; his mother; a stepson, David Allen; a stepdaughter, Julie Allen; a brother, Ed Fellers and wife, Betsy; a sister, Beth Britton; 14 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; a sister, Barbara Young; and an infant sister, Virginia Lee Fellers.
A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601; a private family inurnment will be at a later date.
Family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary.
Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Kansas in care of the mortuary.
Condolences can be left by guestbook at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or can be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.