William G Fehl

March 12, 1938January 7, 2019

William "Bill/Tug Boat Billy” George Fehl, 80, resident of Largo, FL passed away at his home on Monday, January 7, 2019. Bill was born in Butler, PA to Ira and Helen Fehl on March 7, 1938. After graduating from Butler Senior High School in 1956, Bill entered the Navy and served on the Destroyer “Owen” from 1957 through 1961. Upon his honorable discharge from service, Bill began working at Armco Steel and Pennsylvania Power & Light. Around this time, Bill met his wife of 35 years, Charlene. Bill also attended cosmetology school with Char, opened a beauty shop in their home, and had had 3 children; James, Ted and Bill. In 1977, the family moved to Seminole, FL to be closer to Bill’s parents, Helen and Karl Barnes. Once in Seminole, Bill began working as a deck hand with Misner Marine Construction Company. He worked his way to Captain and spent many years sailing throughout Florida, the Caribbean, Central and South America, finally retiring in 2010. Capt Bill had a series of hobbies and personal pleasures that he enjoyed. Starting at a young age, Bill began riding his Indian Chief motorcycle, even when he was barely tall enough to touch the ground. Later, Bill introduced his children to the joys of riding as well. Together, the Fehls enjoyed traveling his many Hondas throughout the Blue Ridge Parkway and beyond. Bill loved a quiet night sitting in front of a fire with friends, especially if he was perched in his hot tub. As an avid tinkerer, he was always working on something around his home and rigging an assortment of projects together. Bill enjoyed his collecting and caring for his many firearms. He also enjoyed a very green thumb and fostered growing flowers and plants in his garden. Some of Bill’s best memories include a good beer in his hand and a good friend at his side. Bill was also a member of the NRA, the American Legion and the Masons. Bill will be remembered as a man with a strong sense of humor, a generous heart, a love of his family and friends, and a free spirit that was unique to him alone. Bill is survived by his two sons with their spouses, Ted (Jacob) and Bill (Alexi), 2 grandchildren, Jessie Keifel and Teagan Fehl, and by his brother, Gene (Carol) Fehl. He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Barnes and son, James.

The Fehl family invites his family and friends to a memorial service for Bill at the Florida Botanical Gardens off Walsingham Road on Monday, January 14 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Rather than flowers for his service, we ask that any loving tributes be donated to either the Pinellas Humane Society, in honor of his dog Tilly, or the Florida Botanical Gardens, in honor of his loving green thumb.


  • Life Celebration Service Monday, January 14, 2019

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Sharon Courtney/hickok

January 16, 2019

As a girl Bill was the"handsome hairdresser"to me.he moved his family to Florida just as I was grown and living away. Though we saw each other seldom,he always made it a point to visit my parents(his cousin),and to spend time at the family farm. Always full of fun,joy,and mischief. To me Bill led such a fascinating and varied life. Rest in Jesus's arms now. You will be missed.


January 14, 2019

Not enough room for all the memories, good and sad but always funny. I remember when you wanted a window in the living room and grabbed the circular saw and went at it. I was yelling to no avail until my throat filled with sheet rock dust and I couldn't make a sound. You wouldn't stop till it was done. You had white in your eyebrows and face, inside your cloths, the total living room and a good part of the rest of the house. We laughed together until I had to clean it up. But the window came out good. Then when you tried to put the refrigerator into a space 1/4 inch too small. Out came the circular saw again and the wall got a trim. So did your leg when you dropped the saw and made a big gash in your thigh. But it got done and the refrigerator now fits. We had lots of fun riding the Honda and going out of state so we didn't have to ride with helmets. I remember when we were up in the mountains in the Carolinas and you almost freaked out when I stood up on the back to take pictures. I trusted you to keep the bike up and you did. Never did that again. I'll remember the fun we had and forget the hard times. I'll miss you but wouldn't give up knowing you and your wonderful family. You did an awesome job of raising your sons, they all had the good humor, caring and fun you had. You left your mark on everyone you met. R.I.P.

Margot and Bill King

January 14, 2019

At peace at last Amigo. We will miss you Tugboat.

Love Margot and Bill

Barbara Graham

January 13, 2019

My family and I know Bill as Mr. Bill. We all have so many happy memories when we think about him. When I think of Mr. Bill, I think funny!! He would always be telling jokes, some not very nice, but funny none the less!! Over the last few years I sent Mr. Bill greeting cards now and then just to, hopefully, put a smile on his face. I actually told him a few jokes, some not very nice, too. I told him once that I carry him around in my thoughts, in my heart and in my pocket and that's where he will stay. Mr Bill, you will be missed......until we meet again