Greg Fegley

A livestream of the service may be accessed at https://www.mtmsales.net/thomas

Greg Alan Fegley passed away peacefully on October 6 at the age of 71 after a valiant battle with cancer. Due to his deep unwavering faith, Greg never lost his will to challenge the effects of his brain tumor and he maintained a positive attitude to the end of life. After receiving his diagnosis of a glioblastoma, Greg responded with, “I don’t know how this is going to turn out, but I know the Lord has a plan and I am ok with that.”

Greg was born on April 16, 1952, in Minot, North Dakota. He was the son of Virgil and Edna (Butterfield) Fegley. Greg developed a deep passion for agriculture at a young age. He had many fond memories of growing up with his three brothers and two sisters on their farm. He graduated from Berthold High School in 1970. Greg studied Animal Science at North Dakota State University where he gained knowledge in physiology, nutrition, genetics, reproduction, management and the husbandry of livestock, all skills that he would later use in life. In the middle of his college years, Greg was drafted to the Army and was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina until his honorable discharge in 1974. 

Greg returned to his family farm to work alongside his father. He eventually took over as the third-generation farmer and became a leading voice in the agricultural community. Greg received many awards over the years for his innovation in the swine and farming industries. He enjoyed being a mentor to youth, sharing his extensive knowledge and often encouraging them to show pigs at the North Dakota State Fair.

Greg was a beloved member of the Berthold community. He was a longtime member of the Berthold Baptist Church where he was active in the church council and board along with serving as a Trustee. He also enjoyed being a part of the men’s prayer group. Over the years, Greg served on many boards and committees within the Berthold community. He was also a longtime supporter of the Berthold FFA Chapter, receiving an Honorary Membership Award. His kindness, strong faith, and compassion inspired those around him to be better people, and his legacy will live on through the many lives he touched within the community. 

He was known for helping others no matter what the situation. He had a remarkable ability to fix anything that was broken and was able to complete any job that needed to be done. He never expected anything in return for lending a helping hand. Greg was loved by all. He was never prideful, and his gentle nature, warm personality, and witty sense of humor could light up a room. 

Greg had a special friend in his life, Karla Herzig, who he often referred to as his best friend. They enjoyed living life together whether it be exploring new places on their travels or completing projects on their farms. Greg was also a father figure to Karla’s children, Vegas and Johnna Varty and Jenna Flagen, and treated them as if they were his own. He never hesitated to offer his unconditional support, guidance, and love to them. Vegas became the son that Greg never had. They worked side by side on the farm, sharing in the joys and challenges that come with agriculture. Greg was known as “Papa” to his grandchildren, Amos, Abe, Alice (Varty) and Cecilia (Flagen). He spent countless hours teaching them new skills, playing with them, and simply enjoying their company.  

Throughout the years, Greg had many people work for him on his farm, sharing his wisdom and leading by example. He had tremendous respect, admiration, and gratitude for Pete Kleven who worked with Greg for many years. Pete and his wife Janice became Greg’s life-long friends. Greg thoroughly enjoyed it when his brothers would come home to help on the farm. Greg knew how to work hard, but he also recognized the importance of relaxing. He enjoyed watching classic westerns or listening to his favorite musicians such as Merle Haggard after a long day’s work.

Greg enjoyed sports and was an expert mountain snow skier, he could tackle even the steepest and most challenging slopes. He enjoyed taking many ski trips with friends and family over the years to Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. Greg was also an excellent dancer. Whether it be a Two-Step or Polka, Greg could make even the worst dancer feel as light as a feather as he whisked them around the dance floor.  

Above all, Greg was an extremely humble and kind soul who touched the lives of everyone he met. His generosity and compassion knew no bounds, and his legacy will live on in the memories of those who were lucky enough to know him.

Greg’s loving family includes Karla Herzig and special family members Vegas Varty along with Johnna Varty and Jenna (Lane) Flagen; grandchildren: Amos, Abe and Alice Varty and Cecilia Flagen; siblings: Jay Fegley of Muscatine Iowa, Warren (Jennifer) Fegley of Boise Idaho, Susan (Lowell of Taylor ND) Larsen of Berthold and Drew Fegley of Berthold as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Greg was preceded in death by his parents, sister: Cheryl and sister-in-law: Virginia.

Celebration of the Life of Greg Fegley:  Friday, October 13, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in the Berthold Baptist Church.  A livestream of the service may be accessed at https://www.mtmsales.net/thomas

Interment with military honors will be at the Wildrose Cemetery – Berthold.

Visitation:  Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home – Minot.

Memorials are preferred to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


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