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Ralph Emmett Farmer

Of Greenwood, Indiana passed away on April 20, 2013 following a courageous battle with GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors). Ralph was born on January 22, 1954 to Charles Eugene & Dorothy Jean (Peachey) Farmer, both deceased, at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove, IN. He married Debbie (French) Farmer in August of 1981. The couple has three children: Brooks Michael Farmer, Hayley Jo (Ben) Molin and Marina Ruth Yee. They also have three grandchildren: Ava Elizabeth Yee, Nella Jo Molin & Graeme Emmett Molin.

Ralph graduated from Decatur Central High School in 1972 and lived 41 years in the Decatur Township area in Indianapolis & Camby. He also lived in Martinsville, IN for 8 years and most recently resided in Greenwood, IN for the past 10 years.

Ralph was active in youth sports and through the Decatur Optimist Club, helped start the little league football & girl's basketball programs in Decatur Township. Through many years of his life, he enjoyed coaching young people in various sports - always the encourager and greatest fan.

When Ralph was not coaching, he was playing semi-pro football with the Southwest Indy Hawks, flag football or as a player with the Capitol Oil Softball team. To this day Ralph still holds the record for most interceptions in a high school football game at Decatur Central. In the latter years Ralph enjoyed skiing, golf, cycling and shuffleboard with friends. He was also the family navigator and "bait loader" on fishing trips.

In 1978 Ralph & brother Jef purchased Hoosier Equipment Service, Inc and have maneuvered through the environmental construction business for 35 years. In just the past few years niece Heidi has become Ralph's business partner and trusted friend. Ralph made friends wherever business took him and he cherished those relationships. Ralph's integrity in business carried over to all parts of his life. If he told you he was going to do something, you did not doubt that it would be done - you could depend on what he said - all the time.

Though life on earth has come to a close we know Ralph's life has really just begun in the Kingdom of Heaven. In recent weeks he talked about some of the people he was looking forward to seeing again. Just like him to always look for the best in a situation but this time it is an eternal finale.

Besides his wife & children Ralph leaves behind brothers, Jef (Dianne), David (Karen) & Bruce (Bonnie); sisters Sandy Filipovich & Cindy (Jim) Schofield; aunts Frances (Peachey) Amos, Sarah Peachey & Marjorie (Jim) Power; in laws Phil & Kathy (DeBaun) French and many nieces, nephews & cousins. Ralph also leaves behind many special friends who will carry along memories of the way Ralph could make them laugh.

Ralph leaves you with Joshua 1:9 " Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

Family & Friends may attend calling hours from 2-8 pm, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 & 9-10 am, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Jones Crossing Banquet Center, next door to Jones Family Mortuary. Charles Paxton will officiate 10 am Celebration of Life Service on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Jones Crossing Banquet Center.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Life Raft Group, 155 US Highway 46 West, Wayne, New Jersey 07470, Camby Community Church, 8604 Camby Road, Camby, IN 46113 or , Indianapolis IN Office, 6415 Castleway W. Drive, Suite 114, Indianapolis, IN 46250.

Website & Online Condolences: http://www.jonesfamilymortuary.com

Published in the The Indianapolis Star from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2013
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