Rev. James Farber
1942 - 2019
U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home
301 W Washington St
Morris, IL
Rev. James A. Farber

Born: April 19, 1942; in Pontiac, IL

Died: April 19, 2019; in Morris, IL

Rev. James A. Farber, 77, of Morris, passed away peacefully on his birthday April 19, 2019 at Regency Care of Morris. He was born April 19, 1942 in Pontiac, IL, the son of the late Louis and Erma (Vitzthum) Farber.

Raised and educated in Mazon, James attended Olivet Nazarene University where he obtained a Bachelor's degree. He married Bonnie Darlington on April 1, 1961.

James proudly served in the United States Army from 1961-1963. Upon returning to Morris, he was employed at Diamond National for three years, Caterpillar for 10 years, before he was called to ministry. He served as clergy of the Nazarene Church in the states of Indiana, Florida, and Illinois. He worked in the computer department at Plainfield North High School for 5 years.

James served as Chaplain of the Morris Police Department from 1991-96, and served on the Morris High School Board of Education for one term. He loved to golf and was a diehard Cubs fan, in fact, he was a big fan of Chicago sports in general. He also loved to sing and dance. He was a member of the Wolf Creek Country Club in Pontiac.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bonnie; children: Jim (Susan) of Morris, Todd (Tarah) of Georgia, and Tammy (Joey) Hansen of Gilman, IL; grandchildren: Paige (Shawn McIntire, Ashley Farber, Kyle, Brandon and Korey Norton, Joshua and Jordan Hansen, and Ethan and Emily Farber, and 7 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Teddy; and sister, Mary Jo.

Visitation will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the New Community Christian Church in Morris. A Celebration of James' Life will follow at 1 p.m., officiated by Pastor Todd Lafond. Burial be in Evergreen Cemetery with military honors presented by the Morris Color Guard.

Arrangements have been entrusted with U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W. Washington Street, Morris, IL. For further information visit the website at or contact the funeral home at 815-942-0084.

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Published by Morris Herald-News on Apr. 23, 2019.
11:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.
New Community Christian Church
, Morris, IL
Celebration of Life
New Community Christian Church
, IL
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So sorry to read about Jim's passing. I've oftem
wondered about him haven't seen him in so many years but never forgot about him.
Earl Deno
Horseshoe Bend, Ark
April 25, 2019
As you remember your love one, as God heals your broken hearts (Psalm 147:3), may your treasured memories continue to bring you peace, comfort, and strength to endure.
April 23, 2019
a loved one
April 22, 2019
Sympathy to you on your loss. Jim was a 1960 classmate. So sorry to hear the news.
Lynn Warner
April 21, 2019
Pastor Farber was my family's Pastor for several years in Macclenny, Florida at the Nazarene Church. I have many fond memories of him and his precious wife, Bonnie during that time. He was Pastor to ALL who met him whether they attended our Church or not. Pastor Farber LOVED people of all ages, and took up time with them. People loved him in return. He loved to laugh and have fun, but he was very concerned for the souls of people as well. Two incidents that show how he cared for everyone stand out in my mind, but there are many more I could tell. One was how Pastor Farber spent countless time, hours, and his own money building a model racetrack for the children's department at Church and having each child design and paint their own wooden race car. Then on Wednesday evenings before children's meeting He would meet with them for their derby race. I don't know who loved it most....the children or Pastor! He did this to build a repore and to connect with them on a personal level, as some of them came from non- Christian homes.
Another incident was a Christmas morning when Pastor Farber and Ms. Bonnie dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Clause and went to the homes of their parishioners to wish us Merry Christmas! Being in Florida, they were away from most of their family members which had to bring them sadness. But instead of dwelling on their situation, they went around spreading Christmas cheer to others! That time was remembered fondly by our Church family and talked about to this day among us.
Pastor Farber has gone to His Heavenly reward to hear His Savior say, Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into the joys prepared for you!
To his precious family, who he loved with all his heart, please accept my hearfelt sympathy. My heart grieves with you, and I can't imagine your sadness. I knew James Farber for a brief period in time and loved him , and knew he loved me as a Christian friend. I will not forget him.
Paula Shedd
Family Friend
April 21, 2019
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