- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Vincent G. Feeney, 83, Air Force colonel

Vincent G. Feeney, a retired Air Force colonel, World War II veteran and active church layman, died of a stroke July 20 at Washington Hospital Center. He was 83.

Col. Feeney was born in Elmo, Kan. He lived sporadically in the Washington area — primarily in Temple Hills and Annapolis — from 1953 until his death.

He worked two jobs to pay for college at Kansas State University from 1939 to 1942, but he interrupted his studies to become an officer in Army communications.

He survived a German U-boat attack that sank another ship in his convoy, then served in Panama, where he helped run communications links. Col. Feeney later served at an Italian base that was attacked by German bombing raids. During his service in Africa, he led expeditions into the jungle to remove classified gear from crashed U.S. aircraft.

Upon his return to the United States, he earned a degree in milling science at KSU in 1947.

He took a management position with Kellogg’s Cereal Co. of Battle Creek, Mich., and met Nancy Longwell, whom he married in 1948. She preceded him in death in 1989.

Recalled to service in 1951, Col. Feeney served in Alaska, New Jersey, California, Germany and England. Posted at Bolling Air Force Base, he lived in Clinton for a year beginning in 1953.

He returned to the D.C. area in 1964 and moved to Temple Hills.

He was posted to the Air Force Systems Command at Andrews Air Force Base and later served at the Defense Communications Agency in Arlington.

He was awarded numerous medals, including the Legion of Merit, the Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1971, he worked as a real estate broker and as a wage-and-hour investigator for the state of Maryland.

In 1995, Col. Feeney moved to the Ginger Clove retirement community in Annapolis. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Davidsonville and a former member of St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Camp Springs.

He volunteered with Hospice of Prince George’s County.

He belonged to the Knights of Columbus in Forestville, where he had once served as president of the Silver and Gold Club. He also served on the board of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra.

He was a lifetime member of both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by a daughter, Carol Bartlett of Waldorf, Md.; three sons, William L. Feeney of Fairfax, Gerald M. Feeney of Cape Canaveral, Fla., and Mark R. Feeney of Fredericksburg, Va.; a brother, John Feeney of Hope, Kan.; a sister, Margaret O’Hara of Long Beach, Calif.; three grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

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