Wednesday, April 4, 2012



AGE: 73

ADDRESS: 507 Billings Ave. Medford City of Medford Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 4:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 3 at his residence under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF FUNERAL: Per Donald’s request, there will be no services.

PLACE OF BURIAL: Cremainal Inurnment with full military rites will take place in the Northern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wisconsin.

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 26, 1938 in Stratford, Wisconsin

EDUCATION: 1956 Graduate of Abbotsford High School and Northcentral Technical College, Wausau in 1958.

MARRIAGE INFORMATION: April 4, 1970 in Wausau to Mary E. Gilles and she survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his schooling Don joined the National Guard. He was attached to the 724 Engineers. He later transferred to the 13th Evacuation Hospital in Madison. He retired from the military as an E-7. He served during the Berlin Crisis, stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington. He worked as the Purchasing Agent for Memorial Health Center, Medford for 33 years until his retirement in 2000. In his younger years, Don was an avid fisherman and hunter. He also enjoyed playing concertina and working in his yard..

MEMBER OF: Lifetime member of the NRA

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Mary E. Farning of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: 2 Sons: Mark J. Farning of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Paul G. Farning of Portland, Oregon
Also survived by his Canine Companion: Cora

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: 1 Sister: Shirley (Lee) Crook of Duluth, Minnesota

DECEASED FATHER: Henry “Irish” J. Farning

DECEASED MOTHER: Helen M. Farning (Maiden Name: Giese)

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Donald’s name to Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford; Memorial Health Center Foundation, Medford; or to the family to be used according to their wishes.
Hemer Funeral Home of Medford is assisting the family with arrangements
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