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Joseph "Joe" Farley


1914 - 2012 | Obituary Condolences
Joseph "Joe" Farley Obituary
Joseph Farley, 97, died in Hamilton, Montana, on June 28, 2012, at home with his family.
Joe was born in 1914 in Rochester, New York, to Joseph Allen and Rachel Wheeler Farley. He spent summers in Endeavor, Pennsylvania, at his grandfather's mill town, where he learned his love of hunting and fishing. He graduated from The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and from Yale University, class of 1937.
He married Louise Killam of Hamden, Connecticut, in 1939. They honeymooned aboard a freighter through the Panama Canal before settling in a cabin at a logging camp in Plumas County.
Joe served as an artillery officer in World War II, supporting the 2nd French Armored Division under General George Patton. After the war, he returned to the Northern California coast to build a sawmill to process a family owned stand of redwood timber.
Joe and Louise's four children were born in the East Bay; the couple moved to Willits in 1950 to work for Wolf Creek Timber Company. In 1960, Joe started Seaside Lumber Companyto manufacture redwood patio furniture; the company later became U.S. Leisure and Little Lake Industries.
In 1967, Joe moved the family to his Bitterroot Trout Farm in Montana where he raised rainbow trout to stock private ponds. He continued to be involved in Little Lake Industries; and also served on the board of directors of Soper-Wheeler Company for 47 years.
Joe was a true gentleman and a man of great integrity. He was an active and respected member of the communities in which he lived, first in Northern California and later in Montana. He took great joy in the wildlife and beauty of the Bitterroot Trout Farm, where he made his home. Generations of family visited every year and he enjoyed his role as family patriarch.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Louise, parents, two sisters and a brother. He is survived by his four children: Peter, John, Rachel and Martha, as well as seven grandchildren and three great-grandsons.
The family plans a private memorial service at a later time. In-lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, Hamilton, MT.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.
Published in Willits News from July 11 to Aug. 10, 2012
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