Obituaries

Richard "Skip" George Felten

December 28, 1953 - April 21, 2020

Richard “Skip” George Felten, 66, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, of North Aurora, passed away unexpectedly on April 21, 2020. He was born December 28, 1953, the second of three children to Robert and Thelma (Carder) Felten in Aurora, IL. He is survived by his three sons, Todd, Chad (Stephanie) and Matthew (Banafsheh), two grandchildren Melody and Derek and his siblings Cindi (Jeff) Reuland, and Mike (Mary) Felten.

Skip had many achievements in his life, including his graduations from Marmion Academy and the Copley School of Nursing as an RN (Registered Nurse). His contributions to care of the people of the Fox Valley include creation of the Cardiopulmonary Echo and Vascular Lab for Copley Memorial Hospital and more than 40 years of expert service as a registered nurse and cartographic sonographer throughout the Chicagoland area.

The most precious of all his days was a too short 41 years ago, when he married the love of his life, his soul mate and companion Linda Marie (Marshall) Felten. Skip and Linda met each other while working at Copley Hospital in 1977. He left her a letter on her car windshield asking her out. Shortly after, Linda introduced Skip to her baby son, Todd. The three of them enjoyed Star Wars for their first date and the rest was history.

Dad loved the outdoors; he was an expert angler and could tell you the best spots to catch small mouth bass on the Fox River anytime of the year. He loved to shoot pool and considered himself quite the pool shark on his home table. Dad also loved to read and was always finishing or starting a new book, especially science fiction stories. He was a true Chicago sports fan and shared in the misery of following the Bulls, Bears, and Cubs every year. Ever the debater, anyone close to him knew that Dad knew best!

Following the guidelines set due to COVID-19 all funeral services will be held private. A celebration of Skip’s life will be held at a later date.

Guest Book

  • John Nicolau Yesterday I was saddened to learn of Skip's passing. Back on May 20, 2009, he performed an echocardiogram on me, his last patient late on that Wednesday afternoon. We talked about our families and sports and then I offered to wait for him after my exam so that we could walk to our cars together. He graciously declined, as he said he had some paperwork to do. Turns out he had to break the news to my cardiologist that he discovered a 7.5cm aortic aneurysm at the top of my heart. The next morning, I was admitted to the hospital and I had open heart surgery the following day to repair my aorta and replace my aortic valve, saving my life. I am forever grateful for Skip's keep eyes and technical abilities and send my prayers to his family. May he rest in peace and in the warm embrace of our Lord.
  • Jack Parker My sincere condolences to Linda and the family. I was so sorry to hear about Skips passing. We enjoyed many laughs and good times as neighbors and friends. May he rest in peace in the comfort of God's hands.
  • Alan Zunamon Skip was a great friend, great person, wonderful colleague and one of the best sonographers I have ever worked with. His personality, clinical acumen and technical skills made him extremely valuable to any organization lucky enough to have him. It is a true tragedy that he did not even get to enjoy a full year of retirement. All of his colleagues are truly devastated by the news. Patients he served are heartbroken. To Linda and the family know that we all are sending our love to you and will keep Skip in our hearts forever.
  • Anne Pruitt Linda, I am so sorry for your loss!! Prayers for you and your family.
  • John Hepp A good friend and even better man
  • Lisa Zarlenga My heartfelt condolences to Linda and the family. Skip was such a wonderful man. He had such a great smile. There has never been a time that I saw you two that we didn't laugh. He will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with his family
  • Sharon Rich Love and prayers to Linda and family. Oh those days in the halls of Copley Hospital. Skip was an exceptional man!! Linda, May Gods presence be with you giving peace and comfort during a tearful difficult time. Love and prayers
  • Martha E Corral Linda, I was so extremely sad when I heard of Skips passing. My heart goes out to you and the family. He was such a wonderful man with all who were fortunate enough to have crossed his path. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He will be deeply missed. May his memories bring you peace. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time . I want you to know that I will be praying for strength, peace, and comfort for you and your family..
  • Martha E Corral Linda and family, We are so sorry for your loss.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May his precious memories bring you healing and peace. 💔
  • Janet Reardon My thoughts, prayers, and virtual hugs are with you and your family. Know that your friends are with you.
  • Dan Sullivan Linda, so many great memories of Skip and you from our days back at 502 S. Lincoln. You and your sons are in my prayers.
  • Jacqueline Rodriguez Skip...thank you for sharing your cardiac sonography wisdom to the Glenbrook hospital team. We all look up to you as you didn't just help diagnose cardiac disease but you were an excellent team leader and friend to All. Your work family and patients miss you dearly. It was a true honor to have worked with you.
  • Mike and Mary Felten We will miss Skip so very much. He was a wonderful man.
  • Ruby Pylest prayers and hugs for your family! Skip was a special and kind person
  • Bruce and Tim God's beautiful garden just added a rose in the form of Skip. God has plans for him. He will be sorely missed by those on earth, especially Linda. Linda, you have many friends here for you. Reach out to them now and in the future. Big hugs
  • Tom Dixon My prayers are with you
  • Dana May your memory provide comfort, Rest in Peace.