In the 66 years John Feiner spent living he was best known for his jokes, and generosity; but that all came to an end Thursday when John died suddenly on his birthday from a cardiac event.

Feiner, of Racine, co-owned the Public Golf Association, which operated the golf courses at Johnson, Shoop and Washington parks. He  was well-known in the community because golf became the center of his world at an early age. He was one of those quiet guys that always did things for other people, but he also always had a joke to tell.

“John was the face of Johnson’s Park,” wrote  Michele Multhauf Feiner, John’s daughter-in-law. “He was the patriarch of a family that went beyond blood. He was the head of the golf course family.”

The Feiner family has had a long love affair with golf. John built a green in his parent’s backyard, which is where he, his brother Tom Feiner and his dad John Feiner practiced their craft.

John played on the golf team at Washington Park High School. He formed deep friendships there and they continued to meet for an annual Legend’s golf tournament at Washington Park Golf Course. He also was known for being the longest hitter in the city and he tied a course record at Washington Park Golf Course.

Golf became such an obsession that when John met and married his wife Nancy, and the two had their first child they named him after the golf legend Jack Nicholas.

“He taught me everything I know, from basic mechanics to being a good dad and being a good man,” Jack said.

Jack describes his dad as a quiet man of few words unless he was with his friends at the golf course, but when he did say something it was always interesting.

“Later I realized that he would get most of his jokes from Reader’s Digest, he memorized every one of them,” Jack said.

Tom recalls how his brother John spent 42 years as the greens and grounds chairman of the Jr. Masters. And in 2008 the course flooded.

“He pumped water around the clock and we didn’t miss a day (of tournament play),” Tom said.

But golf wasn’t John’s only passion. He had a daughter named Kathryn.

“This sweet baby girl soon had her papa wrapped around her precious little finger where he remained for the rest of his life. Now that John and Nancy had a baby girl, their family was complete,” Michele wrote. “John was a wonderful provider for his family. He worked hard and began his dream career when he moved to Johnson’s Park in 1980 as the Superintendent of the Racine city golf courses.”

He also spent time bowling, muskie fishing, ice fishing and attending Packer games.

“John has likely fixed something for everyone he knows at one point or another, whether it be a car or a screen door. He enjoyed working with wood and made hand made toys, activity boards, and even a custom crafted toy box for his grandchildren (Wesley Thomas 2 and Nina Elise 1),”  Michele wrote.

He will be deeply missed by his friends, and family, Jack said.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 7, 2015, 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 3:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. and Friday at the funeral home from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at 11:00 A.M. Memorials to the Wee One Foundation or Mike Benscrisutto Junior Masters have been suggested.

 

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.