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Philip Jose Farmer

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PEORIA - Philip Jose Farmer, age 91, of 6011 N. Briarwood Lane, Peoria, Ill., died Wednesday morning, Feb. 25, 2009, at his home.

He was born Jan. 26, 1918, in Terre Haute, Ind., the son of George and Lucille Jackson Farmer. He married Bette V. Andre on May 10, 1941, in Boonville, Mo. She survives.

Surviving are his children, Kristan Josephsohn of Peoria and Philip L. Farmer of Long Beach, Calif.; five grandchildren, Kim Ladd, Andi Rodman, Stephanie Josephsohn, Thomas Josephsohn and Torin Farmer; six great-grandchildren, Zachary Gittrich, Max Rapp, Kris Ladd, Braedan Josephsohn, Ella Rodman and Liam Rodman; and one sister, Joan Farmer of Santa Cruz, Calif.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Matthew Josephsohn; and three brothers, Jerry, Gene and George Farmer.

Philip was a technical writer for GE and was the author of several science fiction novels, including "Fabulous River World," "Nothing Burns in Hell," "Strange Relations," "Dark Heart of Time" and many, many others.

He was member of Science Fiction Writers of America.

He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Air Forces.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2009, at First Federated Church of Peoria. The Rev. Dr. Forrest Krummel Jr. will officiate. Burial will be at a later date at First Federated Church of Peoria.

Memorials may be made to the church.

Cumerford-Hurd Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be submitted through www.cumerford.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Feb. 28, 2009
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