VeteranOniley Farwell

Oniley FarwellOniley E. Farwell, 86, of Astoria died at 3:30 a.m. Jan. 9, 2010, at his home.

He was born July 30, 1923, in Woodland Township, Fulton County, a son of Robert and Ethel Easley Farwell. He married Verna Danner. He later married Mary Ellen Farwell on Nov. 27, 1968, in Las Vegas, Nev. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Mary (and Ernie) Douglas of Havana and Jeanette Walters of Astoria; one son, Bruce (and Anita) Mercer of Vermont; two brothers, Ronnie (and Letha) Farwell of Kansas and Chet (and Jan) Farwell of Chillicothe; one sister, Marilee (and Ron) Hiett of Chillicothe; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and one niece who was raised like a daughter, Sherry (and Gary) Tice of Keokuk, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Todd Douglas; and one sister, Verna Blickenstaff.

He was a Army veteran of World War II.

He was a mechanic at Cooper’s Garage in Astoria. He then moved to Arizona and worked as a roofer.

Upon his return to Astoria, he worked for the Town of Astoria and then worked in construction with Dick Powell, Gary Moose and Cliff Parry.

He was a member of Astoria American Legion Post #25.

Services were held Tuesday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Pastor Greg Beach officiating. Burial was in Mount Zion Cemetery in Astoria.

Memorials may be made to Hope Lodge, 750 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52246.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 1/13/2010