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Information for Virgil Emert Farner
12 July, 1909 - 3 March, 2002
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
dated 6 March, 2002
Contributed by John Mutch

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Virgil E. Farner

    Virgil E. Farner, 92, of Nampa, died Sunday, March 3, 2002. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa, with Pastor Way Fine officiating. Interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Caldwell.
    He was born July 12, 1909, in Frontier County, Nebraska, the first of three sons to Carl E. and Flossie (Tibbets) Farner where he recalled fond memories of his boyhood on the prairie and Muddy Creek. The family moved to Idaho in 1925 purchasing their farm at Melba. Virgil attended Melba High School and Nampa Business College while living in the Melba and Franklin Communities. There he met Mabel DeCoursey whom he married Dec. 31, 1930. Virgil and Mabel farmed the Melba place from 1931 through 1940 when they purchased a farm and moved to the Lakeview Community. There, they observed their 71st wedding anniversary on Dec. 31, 2001.
    Virgil served his community, county and state in many capacities including Lakeview School Board, Canyon County School Board, South Canyon County Soil and Water District Board, Federal Land Bank Association Board, Representative to the Idaho Legislature, and the Idaho Water Resources Commission and past president of the Idaho Swine Producers Association. He loved farming and raising livestock and was ever grateful for this way of life. He especially loved working horses.
     He was a man of deep faith and is remembered for being kind, humble and generous. He was a loving husband, father, and Boppa, and will be greatly missed.
     He is survived by three children and their spouses, Ken and Phyllis Farner , the Dalles, Ore., Norman and Virginia Higer, Caldwell, and Tom and Sherrie Farner, Caldwell; 10 grandchildren, Ramona Farner Harwood, Lakeside, MT, Nancy Farner, Keizer, OR, Dan Farner, Mulino, OR, James Farner, Sherwood, OR, Debbie Higer Hamilton, Nampa, Tammy Higer Gabica, Middleton, Scott Higer, Nampa, Kirby Farner, Boise, Brad Farner, Middleton, Amanda Farner Gordon, Nampa; and 18 great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and beloved wife, Mabel.
    Friends may call at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel from 4 to 7 on Friday evening.
   Memorials may be made in his memory to the Mercy Hospice House, 215 E. Hawaii, Nampa, ID 83686, or Memorial Park Baptist Church, 1219 S. Kimball, Caldwell, ID 83605.