Vincent John Felletter
Vincent John Felletter
  • December 14, 1939 - April 1, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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Vincent J Felletter

Col Vincent J Felletter US Army Retired (77) died April 1st at Arbor Terrace in Tampa.

He was born in Hartford, Connecticut on December 14, 1939 to Walter and Mary (Flaherty) Felletter of East Hartford, Connecticut. He was proceeded in death by his parents, his brother, Frank, his mother-in-law, Margaret Kearns, father-in-law, Ernest A Kearns, and brother-in-law, Ernest L Kearns. He is survived by wife, Judith Kearns, sisters, Patricia Drew and Mary Ann LaPointe, his children, grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He married Judith on January 22, 1957. The couple had three children: Vincent John Felletter, Jr (Leigh), Katherine Felletter Skube (Edward), Walter Phillip Felletter II (Janet). Grandpa will be lovingly remembered by his five grandchildren: Jeffery D Skube (Kaylin), Conor K Felletter, Clare L Felletter, John C Felletter, Sarah M Felletter and his great-granddaughter Marilyn E Skube. He was extremely proud of what his children and grandchildren have accomplished.

Vincent’s father died when he was very young, and he began his married life as a high school dropout. Despite these early obstacles, he proceeded with dedication to receive a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California. A strong proponent of education, he encouraged the young men and women that he met to pursue an education. He always said it is never too late to start.

Vincent had a strong work ethic which he instilled in his children. He was a newspaper boy at 8 and a tobacco worker in his teens. He began full time work at the age of 16 and held various jobs until his college graduation on June 13, 1966 when he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. He served as Infantry company commander with the 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam during 1969. After 27 years of dedicated service, he retired to Tampa in 1993. When thanked for his service, he would always respond that it was an honor to serve his country, and he hoped that his legacy would be that he was able to guide and protect the men and women under his command.

Vincent started a financial services business when he retired and faithfully served his clients until his 2nd retirement in 2015. Although a lifelong Catholic, his belief was always there is one God but His house has many rooms with many ways to worship him. Blessed by God, he served the Lord in various ways wherever his life placed him. During his last years at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, he sang in the choir which was his joy. He was an extraordinary minister of communion at the noon mass for many years. He also provided communion to the sick and homebound including visiting residents of Harborwood Nursing Home in Clearwater. He enjoyed attending Bible Study with Judith, and he and his son, Walter, became 4th Degree Knights of Columbus together. He gave of his time and treasure to many in need throughout his life.

Judith and Vincent celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on January 22nd at a celebration with their extended family and friends. He was blessed to receive frequent visits from his children and grandchildren during the last few months. During his last day, he received communion and his last spoken words were to ask Judith “will you marry me?” His family was honored to bring forward the gifts and received a blessing at mass that Saturday evening. Following night prayers committing his spirit to God, Vincent passed away peacefully with his wife of 60 years at his side.

Memorial donations may be made to LifePath Hospice. Visitation will be from 6-8pm on Monday, April 17. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday, April 18th at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church. The graveside service will be at 2pm on Wednesday, April 19 at the Florida National Cemetery.