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Kenny Brothers Funeral Directors

3600 West 95Th Street, Evergreen Park, IL

OBITUARY

Donald "Ferch" Lloyd Ferchau

September 15, 1924September 20, 2019
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Donald L. Ferchau, age 95, proud US WWII Marine Corps Veteran passed away on Friday, September 20, 2019.

Beloved husband the late Helen (nee Bell) Ferchau; loving father of Michael (Theresa) and Marc (Pamela) Ferchau; cherished grandfather of Meredith (Matthew) Bavaro, Paige (fiancé Peter Nicotera) Ferchau, Christian (Katherine Flaherty) Ferchau and Jennifer Ferchau; proud great grandfather of Dominic Bavaro and Everett Ferchau; uncle and great uncle to many. Preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters. Donald was a longtime teacher and coach at Evergreen Park Community High School. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Visitation Tuesday, September 24th at Kenny Brothers Funeral Directors 3600 W. 95th St. Evergreen Park, IL, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral service Wednesday, September 25th 10:00 a.m. at Kenny Brothers Funeral Chapel. Entombment Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org would be greatly appreciated. For more information 708-425-4500 or visit www.kennybrothersfuneral.com

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, September 24, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 25, 2019
  • Entombment Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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Donald "Ferch" Lloyd Ferchau

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Duncan Wainwright

October 1, 2019

I was saddened to learn of Coach Ferchau's passing. Myself and my brother's Ken and Rich played for the Coach and all have fond memories of him. He was a good man who will be missed.

Duncan Wainwright 1972

Ken Zintak

September 28, 2019

I first want to say how deeply sad to see one of our mentors pass. He was not only a great man on the field but off as well. You could always talk to him and he would give it to you straight like it or not, but most important with an explanation.
Ferch was a kick in the butt - he gave his life to kids - sports and teaching. They don't make guys like that anymore.
He was instrumental in helping me chose a college in my quest for football, and continued to tell me chose the one that opens your heart. No matter where that may be.
Ferch was a man , coach, teacher that everyone related too. We all will miss him.
God bless him - he is now in great hands.
Sincerely, Ken Zintak

Ward Nelson

September 26, 2019

So sad to hear of Coach's passing. I was lucky enough to have Ferch and Stelz at EP. They both framed the right way to play both offensive and defensive line. Used their techniques (and hopefully their senses of humor) for 21+ years of coaching. Thoughts to the family.

Patricia Shalloo-Leahy

September 26, 2019

Mr. Ferchau was my diving coach for a year at E.P.H.S. around 1979.
Before practice, we would sit out on the little porch off of the swimming pool, while he had a smoke. He was trying to get in my head about my fears of the reverse dive, something I was failing miserably. He never made me feel bad he just tried instilling confidence. He was so serious with a tough exterior, but when you got to know him, he was an absolute sweetheart.
Sympathy to his family and may he rest in peace.

Sandy Stelzer

September 24, 2019

There was a group of coaches called the crazy 8's. They went out for dinner & lunch. Mr. Ferchau was a kind man to my dad & mom, Mr. & Mrs. Maynard Stelzer. He will be missed. Thoughts & prayers go out the family.

Thomas Sulo

September 24, 2019

Coach Ferchau was solid as a rock. As a Industrial Arts instructor and coach you knew exactly where he stood on any and all issues. He never had to raise his voice, because he didn't have to. May his soul have eternal peace. May his family know he is in a better place. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sincerely, Thomas Sulo, EPCHS Class of 1969

Betty Tucker

September 24, 2019

My children and I loved our Uncle Don very much. He always called on our birthdays to wish us a happy birthday and all holidays. When his mother was alive (our grandmother) he and his family came to Oklahoma every summer for two months. I always looked forward to them coming, We always had so much fun watching his three D slideshows of past family get-togethers. Not to mention Aunt Helen's (his wife) sloppy joes she made while they were here. I loved those sloppy joes so much I asked her for her recipe, which had cinnamon in it. She advised me not to put but a dash in or it would ruin the meat. I made those sloppy joes over and over until I got it right. Well Uncle Don would laugh for years after his wife and my husband died, that my husband used to tell him all the time that he would be glad when I got the recipe right, because he was tired of cinnamon. Lol. We always had a big laugh about that. As years progressed a long and there were fewer and fewer of the family alive, when Uncle Don (if he came by himself) would come down for memorial day to decorate family graves I would go with him and sometimes him and I would ride all over the town of Gage where he was raised and talk about great memories. My two kids Jason and Monica loved their great uncle very much as I did as well. He will be missed so much. We love you Uncle Don and will one day be in heaven with you ❤️ Your loving family Jason, Monica and Betty Tucker

Phil Blomberg

September 23, 2019

Coach,
You knew how to drive the young Mustangs with understated confidence. You managed our raging hormones with the wisdom of a man who knew what being a warrior is all about. Sophomore football remains a special memory and I just want to thank you for imparting some good life skills. Marc, thoughts are with you and thanks for sharing your Dad -

Gail Harn

September 23, 2019

Mr Ferchau—my dad, Ed Harn’s good friend, he always treasured your friendship during the EPCHS days and in later years getting your Christmas cards. It was great seeing you at the Class of 75 last reunion. Say hi to dad for me. I’m sure he will show you the ropes even though he’s fairly new up there.

Timothy Maday

September 23, 2019

I worked for and with Ferch at Evergreen Park High School in the game of football, first in 1970 as a sophomore player of his and then in 1978, coaching with him on the varsity staff.
From the first day of practice in the summer of 1970, Ferch and Don Aulwurm were a unique, first-class coaching duo. The entire team knew they were both something special and felt it. These two gentlemen motivated us to work hard, have fun, AND win: 6-2 record with a sophomore conference championship.
Ferch worked a lot with the O-Line, and being a guard I experienced on a daily basis the constant drilling with monkey rolls, the sled, on-on-one in the chute, wind sprints, burma road, to name a few. It was generally grueling training in the trenches, but Ferch somehow kept the mood light with his wacky humor, while always preparing us well for Saturday battles. Ferch also knew how to tip his cap for a good performance but also ream you out for sloppy or lazy play.
While coaching with Ferch and John Geyer in 1978, I was such a rookie. Ferch always amazed me with his easy rapport with the players and his ability to communicate with them. He was very experienced in getting into the hearts and heads of the team. I also learned that certain humans, like Ferch, could practically live on coffee and smokes during a football season. For Friday night scouting, his usual pre-game meal was a large bowl of chili with extra onions and a cold one on the side. Talk about a stalwart bodily constitution!
Thanks, Coach Ferchau, on behalf of the hundreds of boys you coached and mentored on their roads to manhood.

Tim Maday
EPCHS Class of 1973

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