Howard Farney

Howard Kay Farney

Cedar City, Utah

Howard Kay Farney passed away October 18, 2013 at the age of 85 in his Cedar City home; his wife Lois was present at his bedside. Howard was born in Santa Ana, California March 4, 1928 to Jasper and Evelyn Farney.

Howard graduated in 1946 from Santa Ana High School in California. When he was a senior he was active in track and took first place in the Broad Jump doing 21 feet 4 inches this was the best mark in the "pits" since 1937.

He entered in 1946 the service with the United States Army. While serving he played revelry and taps on the bugle, and received an honorable discharge in December of 1950.

Howard and his first wife Lois Marie Cowdrey had 4 children: Jayne, Scott, Russell and Lynn. Howard loved the outdoors, loved working with wood and was a skilled craftsman, and outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, river rafting, boating, skiing and camping.

He was a partner in the Meadow View Store at Duck Creek Village in the late 60's. Howard enjoyed working and living in the community of Duck Creek. Each year he looked forward to the annual Duck Creek Chili cook off, in 1988 and 1992 his participation earned him first place. In 1985 Howard and Lois met on the mountain starting their courtship which led to Lois Mecham Barlow to marry Howard Kay Farney on February 14, 1993.

They enjoyed 20 years of traveling and building a life together.

Howard is survived by his wife Lois Farney, his children; Jayne, Scott, Russell (Deanetta) and Lynn Richards. His younger brother Milton Farney (Judy), 5 nieces, his step children Rick Barlow (Michelle), Laura Kelsey (Marvin), Rececca Bingaman (Tim) and Darlent Horton (Bill). Along with 20 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild. He is preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Lois Marie.

Howard will be greatly missed by those lives he has touched. He loved being with people and making new friends, sharing stories and hearing stories from others. He had a positive attitude and outlook on living life which served as a wonderful example to many, always quick to compliment and express gratitude of others brightening the day of all those that he came in contact with.

Friends may call Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Southern Utah Mortuary from 2:00-3:00 pm. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 pm in the Southern Utah Mortuary Chapel to celebrate his life. Online condolences can be made at

Funeral Home

Southern Utah Mortuary (Beaver)
195 NORTH 200 WEST Beaver, UT 84713

Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Oct. 23, 2013