Forest F. “Bud” Felger

November 03, 1926 ‒ June 28, 2015

Ontario, Ohio

ONTARIO: Forest F. “Bud” Felger passed away Sunday evening, June 28, 2015 in Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. He was 88.

He was born November 3, 1926 in Poland, Ohio to parents Clayton and Alice (Heck) Felger. After he graduated from Chagrin Falls High School, Bud proudly served his country during WWII by becoming a United States Merchant Marine working aboard the SS William Cushing.

Following WWII, Forest followed his heart and with just the shirt on his back, bravely moved to Anchorage, Alaska.  Bud worked as a gas station attendant, as a surveyor, and police officer.  While in Alaska, he loved to race and work on cars.  Although living in Alaska was one of the most exciting times of his life, Bud relocated to Lyndhurst, Ohio where he continued his work as a police officer.  Proudly serving as the first Police Chief of Ontario, Bud held the position as chief for over 20 years.

Bud enjoyed photography, amateur radio and big band music.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn (Prochaska) Felger of Ontario; children Scott Felger of Findlay, Karen Al-Farsi of Ontario, and Brett (Michaela) Felger of Ontario; grandchildren Ashley (Greg) Smith, Alex Felger, Jameel Al-Farsi, Bret Al-Farsi and fiancée Vicki Sepulveda Bello, Mitchell and Samantha Felger; great granddaughter Isabella Sepulveda Bello Al-Farsi.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Norma J. Ols and brother Willard T. “Pete” Felger.

A memorial gathering will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A private burial will be in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Contributions in his memory to Fraternal Order of Police may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Bud’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • Karen,

    I’m very sorry to hear of your father’s passing…you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time…please know if there is anything I can do, all you have to do is ask. Praying God comforts you and the rest of the family during this difficult time and in the days ahead.

    Linda Bolin

  • To Chief Felger’s family.

    I have many memories of Chief Felger. My grandfather, Rolla J. Elliott, was instrumental in bringing Bud to Ontario. I was young and full of devilment in those early years and I led the Chief on more than one car chase. Later I became an auxiliary officer on the police force. I have to say that during that period of time, my life changed for the better.
    I’ll always remember him as “Chief” and a friend and mentor. He will be missed by all.

    Jim Smith

  • To the Felger Family:

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Bud. We know that God has better things for him to do now. Gary just lost his mom a month ago so we know what you are going thru. We will keep you in our prayers.

    Gary & Donna McNeely

  • Mr. Felger and his family were the best neighbors and friends one could ever have. I was fortunate enough to feel like they were my family too. Mr. Felger was always a strong and passionate individual that really cared about people. My prayers to all his family and friends that are enduring this loss. May we find comfort and strength through the Lord Almighty. Our memories of this wonderful man are eternal and he is now in Gods hands.