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Alden M. Fetherman, USAF
November 06, 1934 – April 02, 2018
Alden M. “Red” Fetherman, 83, of Stroudsburg, died April 2, 2018, in his home. Born in Stroudsburg on November 6, 1934 in Stroudsburg, he was the son of Harold and Florence (Walker)
Fetherman. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, William Fetherman and his sister, Lois Rumsey.
Alden was a 1952 graduate and an exceptional athlete at Stroudsburg High School, where he was captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams. He was an early inductee to the Stroudsburg High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and more recently an active member of the Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame. Alden played football and basketball at Muhlenberg College before being drafted to play baseball in the Washington Senators farm system.
In 1954 he enlisted in the Air Force where he was quickly selected for pilot training. Alden flew helicopters during the Cold War, helping to build the “dew line” early warning radar stations in the Arctic region of Canada.
After his military career, Captain Fetherman flew private and sightseeing helicopters in New York City until he was hired by TWA (now American Airlines) where, in 1991, he concluded his career as a Boeing 747 pilot. Since 1984, he has owned and operated the Eagles Rest Tree Plantation in Cherry Valley where he resided until his death.
Alden is survived by his wife, Anne (Nitrauer) Fetherman; his three sons, Mark of East Stroudsburg, Troy and wife Amanda of the farm, and Royce and wife Debra of the farm; his grandchildren, Troy Adam and fiancee Tracey Vitchers of Milford, Tyler of Dingmans Ferry, Trace of Milford, Mark William of Titusville, FL, and Audra Jo of the farm; and a great-granddaughter, Zoe of Dingmans Ferry. Additional survivors are Anne’s children, Nicholas Flagler of Washington, DC, Daniel Flagler and wife Sharon of Saverna Park, MD, and Alice Fenn of Severna Park, MD; grandchildren, Grant and Lindsey Flagler and Connor, Bailey and Patrick Fenn, all of Severna Park, MD; as well as several nieces and nephews.
According to Alden’s wishes, there will be no services and his body will be donated to science. Memorial donations may be directed to Stroudsburg High School Varsity “S” Club, P.O. Box 182, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 www.wmhclarkfuneralhome.com Published by Morning Call on Apr. 5, 2018.
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