William M. Farmer passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Saturday, February 29, 2020 due to complications caused by COPD. A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 5:00-7:00pm at the Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Funeral services on Friday, March 6, 2020, 11:00am at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Burial immediately following at the Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
William was born August 19, 1937 in Cedar Rapids, the son of McKinley William and Arva (Smith) Farmer. He grew up in Marion and graduated from Marion High School in 1955. William found the love of his life, Marlys Youngblood from Decorah, and married her on September 6, 1959. They started a family and settled in Marion. They were blessed by five sons and enjoyed 60 years together. Bill retired as a union millwright. He enjoyed helping people in various ways and was active in Living Water United Methodist Church. Bill spent his time watching western movies, listening to Christian music, and watching Hawkeye football. He really enjoyed spending time with family. Bill also served in the United States Army.
William was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Billy Lee; one brother; and four sisters.
William is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marlys; sons, Stuart (Karen), Kevin, Keith, and Ross (Angie); and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to the family.