H. Edward "Red" Farmer Jr., 82, of Jacksonville, and formerly of Ashland, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
He was born May 27, 1930, in Jacksonville, the son of Harold E. and Helen Long Farmer. He married Donna M. Lael on June 6, 1954, in Jacksonville, and she survives.
He is also survived by two children, Dwayne Farmer (wife, Vicky) of Ashland and Diane Nickel (husband, Jerry) of Alexander; six grandchildren, Kyle Anderson of Ashland who was raised in their home, Mandy Maltby (husband, Harold) of Ashland, Stacy Farmer of Springfield, Kayla Farmer of Ashland, Heather Hays (husband, Jason) of Ashland and Garrett Nickel of Ashland; four great-grandchildren, Chloe and Calla Maltby and Camden and Wyatt Hays, all of Ashland; two brothers, Gene Farmer (wife, Sue) of Arenzville and Gerry Farmer of Ashland; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Reggie Anderson; two sisters, Evelyn Allen (surviving husband, Harold of Ashland) and Virginia Watkins (surviving husband, Ray of Petersburg); and a sister-in-law, Betty Farmer.
A 1948 graduate of Ashland High School, "Red" served with the U.S. Marine Corps
during the Korean Conflict
from 1951-53. He returned home to begin farming in the Ashland area. For many years, he also owned and operated a trucking business which specialized in grain and livestock transportation. He served many years as the road commissioner for Morgan County Road District 1. He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Ashland where he served in many capacities and was a longtime member of the Ashland American Legion and VFW
Posts serving as an honor guard member during many ceremonies.
"Red" was one of the St. Louis Cardinals' most passionate fans with an uncanny ability to remember and recall facts, figures and players throughout the years. His memory and written records of Cass and Morgan County history led him to be the area's unofficial historian and his family's genealogist. His love of history led him to be an instrumental part in the development of the Yatesville Community Club. His favorite activity was time spent with his family, especially spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Ashland, with burial and military honors at Ashland Cemetery.The family will meet friends from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Memorial gifts are suggested to First Baptist Church. The Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Ashland is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left to the family online at www.buchanancody.com.