Charles Roy Farmer Jr. (1930 - 2014)

Obituary
  • "I was fortunate enough to work first for Chuck in the Space..."
    - R. O. (Bob) Martin
  • "A good man and a great leader. Chuck will be missed by all..."
    - Bobby Gambrell
  • "I worked at E-Systems Garland from 81-02. Never met Chuck..."
    - Larry Palm

Farmer Jr., Charles Roy Born February 17, 1930, in Dallas, TX, to parents Charles Roy Farmer, Sr. and Nola Peevy Farmer, went home to be with his Lord on July 7, 2014. He was surrounded by his family and caregivers who loved him so much. Chuck, as he was known to his friends, family and co-workers spent his entire career in the defense industry with E Systems/Raytheon and its predecessor companies, first as an entry level engineer with Temco, rising to the position of general manager of E-Systems Garland Division, and retiring as the corporate vice president of engineering. His quiet, yet thoughtful leadership and brilliant mind helped build the company to one of the most pre-eminent defense contractors in the world. He is credited with recognizing and developing talent that created sophisticated, state-of-the-art systems for our nation's security. He earned his MBA from SMU, one of only a few to do so without an undergraduate degree. Chuck married the love of his life, Mildred Sue McMahan Farmer in 1953, and with her, made their home in Dallas, Texas, raising their three daughters. His wife and girls were his life, and he was known to bring home everything from turtles he rescued for his daughters to care for, to beautiful flower bouquets for Sue, revealing his tender heart. Chuck's passion was education, believing it was the great equalizer, and after retirement he spent many hours as a volunteer math mentor at Lake Highlands High School helping young people achieve their dreams. He treasured books and was an avid reader, but he also appreciated physical challenges/sports and was an accomplished deep sea fisherman. He was also very musically talented and thoroughly enjoyed entertaining family and friends by playing guitar and singing. Those left to celebrate his life include his daughters, Eileen Wahlstrom (Mickey), Lisa Crowe, and Alice Bowling (Bret); granddaughter, Michelle Wahlstrom, and sister, Dale Langford; sister-n-law, Lavona Dobbs, as well as six nephews, extended family, friends and neighbors. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sue; brother-in-law, Bobby Langford; brother-in-law, Edwin Dobbs and teen granddaughter, Amy Wahlstrom. It so happens that Amy's jersey number 7-7 has played a comforting reminder to family and friends in unusual ways since her passing in 2001. Near the end of his life, Chuck faced increasing health issues to the point of requiring professional caregiving services in addition to the loving care given by his family. The caregivers who shared in taking care of Chuck grew to consider him as a treasured friend, enjoying his loving/determined nature and sense of humor, and the family wishes to express a special note of tremendous gratitude to these devoted women. Chuck's life was made more comfortable, loving, and safe because of their devotion. His memorial service will be held at 2:30 PM July 18, 2014, in the Memorial Chapel at Restland, with a family and friends visitation on July 17 from 7-9 PM. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Charles Farmer Memorial Fund, Richardson ISD Foundation, 400 S. Greenville Avenue, Richardson, TX 75081.

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Restland Funeral Home
13005 Greenville Avenue Dallas, TX 75243
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Published in Dallas Morning News on July 13, 2014
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