John Richard “Dick” Farley, 90, of Cedar Rapids passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Services: Monday, December 4, 2017 at 11 A.M. at Cedar Memorial Westside Chapel. Interment: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Monday, December 4, from 9:30 to 11 A.M. at Cedar Memorial Westside Chapel.
Dick was born on June 10, 1927, in Cedar Rapids to Earl and Ruby (Gosnell) Farley. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in May 1945 and served in the US Navy on board a destroyer at the end of WWII. He married Carol Barta on April 3, 1949. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the American Legion. Dick worked at Northwestern Bell/AT&T for over 40 years and was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers. He served as an assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America for several years.
Dick was an outdoorsman.....enjoying gardening and hunting. Other hobbies included woodworking and electronics.
Dick is survived by a sister Maxine(John) Zimmerman of San Antonio, TX, brother-in-law Tom Barta of Ames, Iowa, son, Keith (Sheryl) Farley of Pinecliffe, CO; daughter Susan (Edward II) Smith of Nashotah, WI; grandsons, Blayne (Molly) Smith, Dustin (Julie) Smith, Edward III (Megan Smith) and Dane (Deborah) Whisenant. He is further survived by 6 great grandchildren, Kieran, Rowan, Grady, Eddie IV, Madden and Hudson and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Kenneth and wife Jocelyn, nephew Jeff and loving wife Carol.
The family would like to thank the many Homewatch Caregivers he had throughout the recent years, who not only took care of him, but truly loved him. They became part of his extended family. Most of all we would like to thank his nurse Lynn Vosatka who consistently went out of her way to provide care far beyond what was required and was a true friend to him.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity-St. James United Methodist Church or the American Legion or any Veterans organization of your choice.