OBITUARY

Paul Edward Fehrer

October 4, 1943November 6, 2018
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Paul Edward Fehrer, beloved husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at age 75 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Paul was born in Barr Lake, Colorado on October 4, 1943, the fifth of six children to Alex Fehrer Sr. and Mollie Ashenbrenner.

Paul is survived by his wife, Betty, his eight children, Douglas Fehrer, Donald Fehrer, Kim Fehrer, Lisa Knutson (Schlotfeldt), Jeff Howard, Mike Vendetti, Nate Howard, and Michael Comegys; eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, sisters Verda Strawn and Justine Bierle and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents Alex Fehrer Sr. and Mollie Ashenbrenner, son Paul Fehrer, Jr., sister Helen Huscusson, brothers Alex Fehrer, Jr. and Virgil Fehrer and nephew Ty Fehrer.

One of Paul’s greatest accomplishments was founding United Sales, Inc. (formerly Yakima Quality Welding), with his wife Betty in 1987. They started the business out of their home garage and due to increased production needs, by 1990, they moved the business into a larger building in Union Gap. Through continued growth, by 1995, they relocated the business once again to a 20,000 square foot facility, where it still operates today. He even acquired an additional 10,000 square feet of the neighboring building to house a powder coating operation and overflow for manufacturing.

Paul grew the company into one of the leading fresh fruit packing line manufacturers in the country. With packing lines predominately in the Pacific Northwest, but also spread-out across the country including Utah, California, Michigan, Texas, and New York. His many years of experience in manufacturing and installing packing equipment allowed him to guide the team at United Sales to design and build state of the art packing lines that were full of innovative options and features. He always strived to provide the best workmanship and quality to the customer because he felt that not only should the equipment perform well but that it should show well too. His ideas and quality of finished equipment caught the eye of multiple international grading equipment manufacturers and lead to his partnership with Greefa Grading Equipment from Holland. Together they were able to provide turn-key packing lines that are leading the industry to this day. People now come from all over the world to tour these lines and see how they might implement some of the components into their own lines back home.

Paul didn’t keep his successes to himself. He was known for his generosity, kindness and selflessness. He never forgot his humble beginnings and while he held the bar high for others, he held it even higher for himself.

There will be a visitation Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Graveside service will be at West Hills Memorial Park Friday, November 16, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. A Celebration of life will be held at East Valley Foursquare Church, 101 Butterfield Rd., Yakima, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital or the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

To share a memory or express a condolence, please visit www.keithandkeith.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Paul was born in Barr Lake, Colorado on October 4, 1943, the fifth of six children to Alex Fehrer Sr. and Mollie Ashenbrenner.

    Paul is survived by his wife, Betty, his eight children, Douglas Fehrer, Donald Fehrer, Kim Fehrer, Lisa Knutson (Schlotfeldt), Jeff Howard, Mike Vendetti, Nate Howard, and Michael Comegys; eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, sisters Verda Strawn and Justine Bierle and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

    Paul was preceded in death by his parents Alex Fehrer Sr. and Mollie Ashenbrenner, son Paul Fehrer, Jr., sister Helen Huscusson, brothers Alex Fehrer, Jr. and Virgil Fehrer and nephew Ty Fehrer.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Todd Okelberry
  • Jacob Shaffer
  • Mark Tharp
  • Jeff Heil
  • Al Zielke
  • Jeff Lydin
  • DONATIONS

  • In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital or the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, November 16, 2018
REMEMBERING

Paul Edward Fehrer

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Angela Hyatt

November 15, 2018

I met Paul about 15 years ago when he and Betty interviewed me to work in their business office at United Sales. My initial impression was that he was a straight shooter with high integrity and the longer that I worked for him the more this took hold. When I first started doing the payroll & taxes, he had just resumed the operation of United Sales and I was blown away by the growth that took place in the first year. It was unprecedented by any other company that I had every worked with and I feel a true testament to his reputation in the industry. There are some human beings that we meet in life that will forever remain in our hearts and Paul is one of those people for me. I am deeply saddened by the fact that I will no longer see him at the office, but I am blessed by having known him and by being known by him. He was gracious, encouraging, loving and so much more. He taught me to play poker a few months ago and helped me to leave the table with a little more than I showed up with! I will miss him always. I pray for comfort for his family and I know that he is loving us all (& maybe even laughing a bit) from heaven as we miss him. Rest in peace Paul!

Pam Holt

November 12, 2018

God Bless Nate, Marci and Kaci in this time of sadness and change. May you have Peace and Comfort at this time.

Brooke Lucas

November 11, 2018

Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.

Paul was a hard-working and generous man. He always made us feel welcome in his home and we are grateful we were able to see him over the summer and visit. I loved listening to his stories. We will keep the fond memories of our time together in our hearts forever.

Love,

The Siuda-Lucas Family



Ted & Isabel Schurman

November 8, 2018

We are sorry to know of Paul's passing, a giving friend and the Best Grandpa to Kaci Howard - we will always have fond memories and pictures to remind us of all the times we had together.

We extend our sympathy to Betty and family. Love Isabel and Ted Schurman

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