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December 29, 2011

(11/9/1925 - 12/21/2011)

Richard Leslie Farr, Jr., age 86, of LaGrange, Mo., died Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill.

He was born November 9, 1925 in the historic Wayside Inn west of LaGrange, Mo., the son of Richard L. and Crysie L. (Boltz) Farr.

He graduated from LaGrange High School. He married Iline Frances Mercer on September 5, 1947 in Potosi, Missouri. He served in the U.S. Army from 1945-1946, stationed in Japan. He was a lifelong farmer and was proud to help harvest his crops this past fall. He was employed at Gates/Harris for many years. He was a member of the two cylinder tractor club. He was a member of the Ten Mile Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He was proud that the Lewis County Fair book was dedicated to him.

Richard loved John Deere tractors and machinery, restoring many with his son, Alva. He and his son were always together, attending church, community events, dinners, auctions and family functions. They could always be counted on to help anyone, anywhere, anytime.

He was a devoted husband, father, brother, son, uncle and friend. He did a man's work at a young age and a young man's work until he died. He loved the land, his family, and Jesus.

Surviving is a son, Alva E. Farr of LaGrange, brothers, Robert L. Farr and Ronald L. Farr, both of LaGrange and a sister, Barbara Jean Steinkamp, Camp Point, Ill. Also surviving are nephews, Rodney Farr, Curtis Farr, Loren Farr, Roland Farr, Robey Farr, Bill Steinkamp, Jim Steinkamp and Dale Steinkamp and nieces, Rita Cox and Rhonda Whitaker, many great-nieces and nephews, and other relatives. He is also survived by many many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, infant daughter, Ruth Elaine, parents, sister, Patty Ann Farr, sister-in-laws, Mary Farr and Jeanie Farr and a brother-in-law Eugene Steinkamp.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at the Ten Mile Baptist Church in rural Canton with Rev. Russell Brownell officiating. Burial with military honors was in Riverview Cemetery in La Grange.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Ten Mile Baptist Church in care of Davis Funeral Home, La Grange, MO.

Online condolences may be left at

Music was provided by Mary Jo Ehrlich, Organist; and Linda Hutcherson, Susie Jo and Billie Miller, vocalists.

Pallbearers were Jason Epperson, Carl Corrigan, Doug Wilson, Troy Brown, Kevin Meyer and Lonnie Meyer.

Honorary pallbearers were Norman Adams, Stanley Wilson, Raymond Clay, Wayne Maples, John Epperson, Kenny Brown, Lester Hoffman, Duane Job, Jerry Allen and Dennis Bringer.

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