Joseph H. Farran Jr., 92, of Jacksonville, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Heritage Health in Jacksonville.
He was born March 31, 1922, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of J. Hubert and Marie Bray Farran. He married Virginia Spreen on March 6, 1943, at Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, and she survives.
Joe is also survived by his numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, Jerry Farran (surviving wife, Jan) of Newark, Ohio.
Joe was raised in Pleasant Hill before moving to Jacksonville and graduating from Jacksonville High School in 1940. He served in the United States Army from October 1942 to February 1946 in the 12th Armored Division/Hellcats, participating in battles in the Ardennes, Alsace, Central Europe, and the Rhineland during World War II. Following his discharge, Joe sold cars for Lukeman Motor Company and John Ellis Chevrolet in Jacksonville for several years before taking a job with the City of Jacksonville Water Department. Joe eventually ran for and won the office of treasurer for the city and remained in office for 20 years.
Joe was a member of Church of Our Saviour, Knights of Columbus, Jacksonville Elks, and the American Legion, and a life member of the VFW. He and Jinny attended reunions for the 12th Armored Division every year, traveling to Europe and throughout the United States.
Joe had a special zest for life. He and Jinny were proud to have been selected as grand marshals of the 2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade. He treasured his role as uncle to 25 nieces and nephews and their families. He served as family photographer, taking thousands of pictures of everything from family gatherings to high school proms. Joe loved drawing and painting, reading, and fishing.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated 2 p.m. Friday at Church of Our Saviour, with burial and military rites in Calvary Cemetery. The family will meet friends 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. A prayer service will be held 3:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Virginia and Joe Farran Scholarship Fund at Routt Catholic High School. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.
Williamson Funeral Home
1405 Lincoln Avenue Jacksonville, IL 62650
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on July 23, 2014