He was born Jan. 29, 1927, the son of Fred and Oneita (Hodges) McFarland. He graduated from GardnerHigh School with the class of 1944.
Fred has resided in Princeton for the last twenty-three years moving there from his farm south of Ottawa where he had lived forty-one years. He had previously lived in Gardner, Kan.
On August 28, 1948 Fred was united in marriage with Patricia Green in Gardner. She survives of the home.
Fred worked as a farmer and dairyman for forty-one years retiring in 1989. Fred served in the United States Marine Corp 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.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Katherine Jane McAdoo; granddaughter Kathy Bolen and sister Margaret Elaine Boudreaux.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia McFarland, of the home; daughters: Nancy and John Machnicki, of Ottawa, Kan., Julie and Dan Bolen, of Emporia, Kan., Mary McFarland, of Atlanta, Ga., Susan and Richard Harrison, of Omaha, Neb.; sons: Frank and Diana McFarland, of Willard, Ohio., Mark and Theresa McFarland, of Emporia, John and Rebecca McFarland, of Princeton; son-in-law Bob McAdoo, of Leawood, Kan.; 29 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; nephews Arthur Boudreaux, of Orange, Texas and Vincent Boudreaux, of Kansas City, Mo.; first cousin Mary Patricia Strange, of Spokane, Wa.
Cremation is planned. The McFarland family will meet with friends at Dengel & Son Mortuary from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. Sunday, March 24, 2013. A private family service will be held at a later date. Inurnment at Saint Columbia Catholic Cemetery, Gardner, Kan.
The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Luke’s Health System Home Care & Hospice; Franklin County Historical Society or Gardner Historical Museum c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. An online Guest Book is available at www.dengelmortuary.com.