Russel Clayton Farley (1928 - 2015)

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Russel Clayton Farley, 86, of Vandalia, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Vandalia.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Terry Westerfield officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until times of services on Friday at the church. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Evans Public Library or First United Methodist Church, both in Vandalia. Online condolences may be expressed at
Mr. Farley was born on Oct. 17, 1928, in Kempton, the son of Myron and Eula (Clayton) Farley. He married Erma Hill on July 2, 1950, in Champaign; she preceded him in death on Dec. 28, 2014.
After graduating from the University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Russ worked his entire career in the field of agriculture. He began that career by farming his own land while serving on the ASCS Committee in Ford County. He transferred to Vandalia in 1961 to serve as the county executive of the Fayette County U.S. Consolidated Farm Service Agency. He continued to work there until 1994, when he retired as the district director of the Agriculture Department of the Farm Service Agency.
He is survived by his daughters, Linda Kelly and Cathy Silva, both of Vandalia; grandsons, Scott Kelly with Jessica Stovall of Dunwoody, Ga., Marc Kelly and his wife Michelle of Vandalia, and Anthony Silva and his wife Jennifer of Vandalia; great-grandchildren, Andrew Kelly, and Sean, Lucy and Jack Silva, all of Vandalia; and brother, Stan Farley and his wife Claire of Kempton.
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Hohlt & File Funeral Home Ltd
204 North Fourth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
(618) 283-3434
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Published in The Leader-Union from Sept. 29 to Oct. 7, 2015
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