Michael Carlton Farmer, 71, of Belleville, Ill., born June 18, 1945, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo., with his loving family by his side.
Mike loved playing golf and shooting guns at the range. He also enjoyed archery, a hobby he often did with his son and granddaughter. Mike was a Vietnam veteran who served as a medic helping hundreds of soldiers during his tour. During his service he was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and National Defense Service Medal. He later married Catherine Farmer and to this union brought two children. His greatest accomplishments were his family, in which he took much pride in. Mike loved to spend time with his granddaughters; taking trips to the zoo and the "dragon" park. Nurturing, caring, intelligent and outgoing are just a few characteristics to describe Mike. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Betty, nee Hanft, Farmer.
Surviving to cherish his memory are his two loving children, Ashley (Nicholas Hallett)Farmer and Ian Farmer; granddaughters, Zoey Elyse and Bella Katheryn; brother and sister, Craig Farmer and Jana Zulauf; his former wife, Catherine Farmer; best friends, Jay Jevne and Mike "Lips" Leahy; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family relatives and dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to The St. Louis Zoo, in Mike's memory. Additional memories and condolences can be made at www.lakeviewfuneralhm.com
Visitation: Friends may visit from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Funeral: The memorial service will start immediately following the visitation at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Lake View Funeral Home.
LAKE VIEW FUNERAL HOME, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Sept. 23, 2016