Alvin Farr

Alvin RayFarr, 88, of Fond du Lac, WI passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Harbor Haven Rehabilitation


Ray was born on March 2, 1931 in Laurel, Iowa to Ray and Martha Johnson Farr. On April 26, 1951, he married Carol Beaty in Marshalltown, Iowa. She preceded him in death in 2000.


After graduating high school, Ray served in the United States Marine Corps from 1951-1954 in California. He started his career by running a
school with his brother Bob tea
ching telegraphy in
Marshalltown, Iowa
. He took the call to
become a trainmaster in Mason City
, Iowa. He and the family
moved several times throughout his career including G
reen Bay, WI, Fond du Lac, WI,
Chicago, IL
, Cedar Rapids, IA, and retired in Fremont, NE in 1990. His life revolved around the railroad. After retiring, he and Carol moved back to Fond du Lac, WI.


Ray became a member of the First
Presbyterian Church and attended service often because of the positive
fellowship he found in other members
. Another important part of his life was supporting the
Noon Kiwanis by running committees, grilling at Walleye Weekend
, and helping or selling tickets for
Pancake Day. There was a running joke that you should run when
you see Ray because you know he wants
money or door prizes
. He also volunteered
at EAA as a do
cent guide.

Some of his hobbies and favorite
activities were traveling
, fishing, playing cribbage, golfing, having coffee with The Boysat Hardees, shaking dice at 3 Aces, and taking an occasional trip to Green Bay for lunch“. He also enjoyed watching baseball, golf, and football.

For those who knew Ray well, it was
obvious he was a steadfast
, humorous, caring, and a fiercely independent man. The whole family would like to
especially thank  the nursing
, therapy,
and food staff at Harbor
Haven for helping
him feel at home in his final


Ray was survived by his
children: Sheryl (Henry) Brown of Fond du Lac, WI, Connie Thomas of Cedar
Rapids, IA
, and Becky Farr of
, NE; his brother, Carl (Barbara) Farr of Mesa, AZ; sister-in-law Charlotte HokeFarr of Marshalltown, IA; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a great-great grandchild.


He is preceded in death by his parents,
Ray and Martha
; his wife, Carol; son, Terry Farr; sonin-law
Terry Thomas
; seven siblings, Esther (Dennis) Loomer, Doris (Verne) Taylor, Robert (Jean) Farr,
(Dorothy) Farr, Eugene Farr; Mary
Lou (Willard) Kimmel and Jack Farr


VISITATION: Friends may call
on Monday, September 30, 2019, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Kurki-Mach Funeral
Chapel & Crematory, 31 East Division Street, Fond du Lac, WI.


FUNERAL: Funeral services
will be held on Monday, September 30, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at Kurki-Mach Funeral
Chapel & Crematory, with Rev. Jack Harrison officiating.


VISITATION: Friends may call
on Thursday, October 3, 2019, from 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral
Homes, 212 East State Street, Marshalltown, IA.


FUNERAL: Funeral services
will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral
Homes.  Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial


Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel
& Crematory is serving the family,     920-921-4420