Fred Joseph McFarland, 86, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013, at his home in Princeton, Kan., with his family at his side.

Cremation is planned. The McFarland family will meet with friends 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary. A private family service is expected at a later date. Inurnment is planned for Saint Columbia Catholic Cemetery, Gardner, Kan.

He was born Saturday, Jan. 29, 1927, the son of Fred and Oneita (Hodges) McFarland.

Fred lived in Princeton for the past 23 years, moving there from his farm south of Ottawa where he had lived 41 years. He previously lived in Gardner.

He graduated from Gardner High School with the class of 1944.

Fred was united in marriage to Patricia Green Aug. 28, 1948, in Gardner. She survives of the home.

He worked as a farmer and dairyman for 41 years, retiring in 1989.

Fred served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a corporal during World War II in the European, African, and Middle Eastern Campaign, from Nov. 13, 1944, to Aug. 15, 1946. His commendations and citations included the World War II Victory Medal.  

He was a member of Franklin County Historical Society, Promenaders Square Dance Club and Ottawa Genealogy Society.

 Survivors include his wife, Patricia McFarland, of the home; daughters, Nancy Machnicki and husband, John, Ottawa, Julie Bolen and husband, Dan, Emporia, Mary McFarland, Atlanta, Ga., and Susan Harrison and husband, Richard, Omaha, Neb.; sons, Frank McFarland and wife, Diana, Willard, Ohio, Mark McFarland and wife, Theresa, Emporia, Kan., and John McFarland and wife, Rebecca, Princeton, Kan.; a son-in-law, Bob McAdoo, Leawood, Kan.; 29 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; nephews, Arthur Boudreaux, Orange, Texas, and Vincent Boudreaux, Kansas City, Mo.; and a first cousin, Mary Patricia Strange, Spokane, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Katherine Jane McAdoo; granddaughter, Kathy Bolen; parents, Fred and Oneita McFarland; and sister, Margaret Elaine Boudreaux.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Luke’s Health System Home Care & Hospice, Franklin County Historical Society or Gardner Historical Museum through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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