Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
May 21, 2012 12:41 pm EDT


UTICA — Fred G. Farley, 80, of Pleasant Valley Road, Utica, passed away Friday, May 18, 2012, at the Autumn Health Care in Mount Vernon.

He was born Dec. 18, 1931, in Ghent, W.Va., to the late Charlie and Mary Farley. He was employed as the Fire Chief for the Rickenbacker National Guard Base Fire Department. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force where he served during the Korean War. Fred was a member of the Owl Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing especially with his grandsons. But most of all, Fred enjoyed the time he spent with his family.

He is survived by two daughters, Carol (Rob) Pearcy of Smyrna, Tenn., JoAnn (Dan) Swonger of Utica; five grandchildren, Lisa Pearcy, Jeremy (Christina) Swonger, Vickie Swonger, Frank Swonger, Michael Swonger; his brother, James Edward (Joann) Farley of North Carolina; and his sister, Faye Davis.

Besides his parents, Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Gladdine (Adams) Farley.

Friends may call Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home. A service will be held Wednesday, at the funeral home, beginning at 11 a.m. Graveside services, with military honors provided by the Lancaster Veterans Burial Detail, will follow in Franklin Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Canal Winchester beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Fred G. Farley.

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