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Wayne Farley

October 2, 1942 — April 23, 2020

Wayne Farley

Wayne Lee Farley was born October 2, 1942 in Hutchinson, Kansas and died on April 23, 2020 in Anita, IA at the age of 77.

Wayne was one of 16 children born to Waldron and Sybil (Converse) Farley and grew up working on the farm in Kansas. He graduated from high school in Kincaid, Kansas, in the Class of 1961. Following high school, he worked for area farmers until enlisting in the United States Marines in 1963. Wayne was a diesel mechanic during his two tours of duty in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1969.

As a young man, he loved muscle cars and took great pride and joy in his Dodge Super Bee. Wayne turned his love of motors into a career, working as a truck driver, most recently with Key Industries, where he retired in 2004. Wayne was a cowboy at heart. He loved his horses, watching western movies, and all things John Wayne. He also was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and enjoyed nothing more than cheering on the Cardinals to multiple World-Series Championships.

Wayne is survived by his children, Joe Farley (Jennifer), Sarah Paulsen (Brandon) and Sam Farley, and his grandchildren, Grace, Logan, Adaline, Gus, and Griffin. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Jim Farley (Marty), Raymond Farley (Oleta), Stephen Farley (Patty), Roger Farley, Toni Plowman (Jerry), Barb Winter (Tom), Elaine Hardman, Jacquie Sheeder (Darrel), and Laura Johnson, as well as many nieces and nephews. Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis (Foster), parents, and siblings, Virginia Farley, Beverly Head, Beth Atkinson, Lyle Farley, and two brothers in infancy.

In the final years of his life, Wayne lived and was cared for at Caring Acres Nursing Home in Anita, IA. His family is grateful to the wonderful staff and residents at the home for making his last years enjoyable.

A visitation, with the daughter present to greet family and friends, will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday, April 27th at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic. Per CDC guidelines 10 visitors or less at a time will be allowed.

In accordance with his wishes, the family also plans a graveside service in the summer, once travel is advised, to lay his ashes in their final resting place next to Phyllis in Lamar, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to the family for later designation.

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