John R Felts Sr. died of natural causes Sunday 6/24/1997. He was 81. Born Jan. 24, 1916 in McKeesport, Pa. Mr. Felts lived in Tracy for two years at the time of his death, after living in Jamestown for 12 years. He worked as district adviser in the circulation dept. for the Oakland Tribune for 30 years, and retired at 62.He grew up in a large family with a single mom. His father died when he was 8. He helped support his family. He met his wife at her father’s roller skating ring in 1936. The following Tuesday they were engaged, and a week later married. His wife was 16 and he was 21.
During his retirement they owned a home on Tulloch Lake where the family spent the summers. He was a member of the Tracy Elks, Sonora Elks and the Tracy Senior Group. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marguerite Felts of Tracy, John R. Felts Jr. of Fremont, Donald W. Felts of Tracy, Sister Eleanor Tomko of McKeesport, Pa. 4 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.