Obituary of Ivan Gene Feaster
Pastor Ivan Gene Feaster (83) of Caldwell Idaho passed away surrounded by his family Wednesday, November 3, 2021.
Gene was born in Great Bend, Kansas to Vernice and Cornelius Feaster. From the age of two, he was raised by his mother Vernice and his stepfather Roy Rogers, who he had a deep and abiding father/son relationship with his entire life. Gene went on to attend San Jose Bible College where he met the love of his life Betty Jean Feaster, and together they married, had two children, Steven and Shari, and journeyed this road of life together for 58 years.
Aside from being survived by the love of his life, his wife, partner, and best friend, Betty Jean Feaster, Gene is also survived by his children and their spouses: Steven and Ken Feaster- Eytchison and Shari & Peter Francois; as well as his grandchildren; Spencer Francois, Ashley Francois & Ryan Cairns, Nate Feaster-Eytchison; Michel Feaster-Eytchison ,Natalie Feaster- Eytchison, and Lily Feaster- Eytchison. He is also survived by his beloved pets, his little loves: Patty Cake and Mollie Feaster.
Gene was preceded in passing by his mother and father Vernice and Roy Rogers, mother and father-in-law Josephine and William Cole, and his beloved grandson Peter(PJ), referred to as Prince Peter, whom he loved, cherished and adored so very much.
A minister for the Lord Jesus Christ, Pastor Gene served in many churches as well as on the mission field in Kenya Africa and in Alaska. He spent a significant part of his ministry at the First Christian Church in Salinas as well as the Christian Church of Santa Clara. He spent his life in ministry to others, helping those in trouble, those that were sick, those that were elderly, those that were friendless, those that were needy, those that were lonely, those that needed someone to talk to, those that needed a place and a people to belong to. He was a friend to all, adopted grandfather (papa) and father to many, always having a smile and a warm embrace for whoever needed it. He invested his life in seeking out the lost and bringing them to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. He recognized the value of a soul, that the breath of God filled every living person, and each person mattered. He devoted his life to letting people know how valuable they are, and how very special God made them, and how dearly they are loved. He was an encourager, a counselor, a mentor, and a faithful and devoted follower of Jesus. He embodied kindness, graciousness, humility, pure-heartedness, and most of all love.
Pastor Gene also had a very fun side to him: he loved black licorice, jujubes, popsicles; loved science fiction; loved his little dogs; loved to tease his daughter endlessly; loved to hear his son sing; loved and adored his grandchildren; he loved little children and young people. Pastor Gene was also known as the “Good News Clown,” and in earlier days, he could be seen wearing the “Good News Clown” outfit riding his red bike with a white wagon and balloons inviting kids to Children’s Church and Vacation Bible School. Pastor Gene spent countless hours making hundreds upon hundreds of puppets and engaging children to be a part of the Church Puppet and Youth Ministry. He started a bus ministry as well, called the “Mustard Seed Express” that would pick up all who wanted to come to Bible school and church. Pastor Gene was an extraordinary man of God, although his humble nature would never allow him to see himself more than just ordinary, but to us, his family, he was and is EXTRAORDINARY, a wonderful and loving father, husband, friend – Truly one-of-a-kind!
Pastor Gene will be profoundly missed by so many, but most of all by his family who absolutely treasure and love him beyond all earthly measure. We take comfort in knowing that when the door of Eternity opened, he took the hand of Jesus and stepped over the threshold into the Celestial City and into Eternal Life, where he heard the words: “Welcome, Good and Faithful Servant; Enter into the Joy of your Lord.” He now walks along the shores of the crystal seas, learning the mysteries of the universe while he shoots the breeze with the Good Shepherd, and hangs out with a very special prince, his beloved grandson Prince Peter.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Flahiff Funeral Chapels in Caldwell. Internment will follow services at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
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