Obituary of Richard Burl Fewell
Mr. Richard Burl Fewell, 77, of The Villages, Florida passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Cornerstone Hospice Care of extended complications of diabetes. He was a member of First Baptist Church of The Villages, Florida. He was a graduate of Winfield High School in West Virginia in 1960, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1964 and a Master’s Degree from West Virginia University in 1967.
Prior to moving to Hawaii in 1974, he was a consulting engineer for nine years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From 1974 to 1975, he was Chief Engineer and President for Geolabs-Hawaii, a subsidiary of a California corporation. He was responsible for the Hawaii operations which included an engineering firm, a drilling lab, and a materials testing laboratory. From 1975 to 1976, he served as Project Manager for GJ Hawaii, Ltd.’s Hawaii branch. He eventually acquired GJ Hawaii in 1976 and changed the name to Fewell Geotechnical Engineering, Ltd. in 1977. He officially retired in 2001 but continued to serve as an outside consultant for another 3 years. FGE is still thriving under the same name almost 44 years later. During the course of his engineering career, he was registered as a professional engineer in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Hawaii and Guam. He was often called upon to serve as an expert witness due to his wealth of geotechnical engineering knowledge. He was an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and served as President for the Hawaii Branch in 1982. He also was active with the Consulting Engineers and served as President of the association in 1990-1991.
His hobbies were scuba diving, sailing, hiking, and golf.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Nichols Fewell of 57 years; his son, Richard Douglas Fewell and wife, Emily Hirose Fewell of Mililani, Hawaii; two grandsons, Bryan Andrew Fewell and wife, Samantha Vera Fewell of Costa Mesa, California, and Richard Bradley Fewell of Azusa, California.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 1-2 pm, with a funeral service to follow at 2 pm with Pastor Bob Perry officiating, located at Hiers-Baxley Funeral and Cremation Life Event Center, 3975 Wedgewood Lane, The Villages, FL 32162. There will also be a service at Chapman Funeral Home, in Winfield, West Virginia with burial to follow at Winfield Cemetery.
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