Robert J Fehn

November 4, 1924December 5, 2018
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Robert Joseph Fehn, 94, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, Dec. 5th. He was born on Nov. 4, 1924 in San Antonio, TX to Joseph & Frieda Fehn.

His family relocated to Chattanooga in 1938 and Fehn’s Restaurant was started by his parents at the original location on Tremont Street. A second location, operated by Robert, was later opened in Fountain Square while his brother Alfred continued operating the Tremont Street location. In 1958, they consolidated the operations and relocated it to its landmark location on the Tennessee River. The restaurant operated at that location until their retirement in 1984. He was an active member and leader in the National Restaurant Association, the Tennessee Restaurant Association, Chattanooga Restaurant Co-op, Chattanooga Jaycees, Chattanooga Half Century Club, and First Lutheran Church.

He was a graduate of Chattanooga High School and served 3 years in the U.S. Army Air Corp, stationed in England, during WWII. He also attended the University of Chattanooga.

He was preceded in death by wives Mary Pfitzer Fehn and Willie Mae Fehn, brother Alfred Fehn, sister Dora Rice and son-in-law Charles Wright. He is survived by his four daughters Carol Wright of Hendersonville, TN, Nancy MacLean (Richard) of Hixson, Emily Thibodeau of Chattanooga, and Linda Huguelet (Jack) of Signal Mountain; grandchildren Jeff Wright, Jonathan Wright (Beth), Matt Curtis (Dena), Laura Curtis, Meredith MacLean and Madeline MacLean; great grandchildren William and Mary Helen Wright, 5 nephews and 1 niece.

Visitation will be held at the Chattanooga Funeral Home North Chapel at 5401 Highway 153 on Monday, Dec. 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at First Lutheran Church located at 2800 McCallie Avenue. Services will be officiated by Pastors Gilbert Pingel and Paul Bushur. Burial will follow at Chattanooga Memorial Park on Memorial Drive. Pall bearers are his grandsons and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chattanooga Area Food Bank, 2009 Curtain Pole Road, Chattanooga 37406, Signal Centers at 109 North Germantown Road, Chattanooga 37411, or First Lutheran Church, 2800 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga 37404.

The family would like to thank Barbara Rast, Earline Freeman, Cindy Wingo, and Naomi Brown who provided compassionate care which allowed him to remain in his home.

Please share your thoughts and memories online at Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343.


  • Visitation Monday, December 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 11, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Betsy (Evans) Donahue

December 15, 2018

Hey all,

I just learned about your dad from Janet Reeves. I’m so sorry, but I know he lived a great life. It is hard seeing all the Carter Drive dad pass on. I always had such fun going to Fehns on the river and hanging at yalls house! Carter Drive was a wonderful place to grow up!

Much love and great sympathy!

Chattanooga Half Century Club

December 11, 2018

Members of The Chattanooga Half Century Club sends you our condolences for your loss.
May God bless your family.

Karen Manning

December 8, 2018

I have many special memories of Robert from the time he and my Mama (Vi Hudson) were friends until his going Home. Chocolate pie, laughs, prayers... Robert you are loved and will be missed. Thank you for being my friend.

Melissa Keith

December 7, 2018

Dear Emily,

I'm so sorry for your loss. This is a terrible time of year to lose a loved one, but we're so happy for you that you have the peace of knowing you'll be together again in Heaven. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Missy and Brad Keith