He was born Aug. 9, 1928, in Conway, Mo., to John W. and Edna May (Malone) Farran. As a child, he moved with his family first to Cherryvale then to Parsons. He attended Parsons schools. He joined the U.S. Army and served until 1951. Following his discharge he returned to Parsons. He worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant for a time. He later worked for USD 503 in maintenance, retiring in 1988.
He was a member of the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704 Veterans of Foreign Wars and assisted with the post's honor guard. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He and Ilse were married in 1945. She survives of the home.
Survivors also include two sons, Dieter Eberl and his wife, Jenny, of Golden, Colo., and Michael Farran and his wife, Mitzi, of Humboldt; two daughters, Renate Graham and her husband, Thomas, of Altus, Okla., and Beate Williams and her husband, Melvin, of Galveston, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lester L. Farran of Las Cruces, N.M., and Wesley L. Farran of Phoenix; and three sisters, Emily Williams of San Antonio, Gerry Myers and Cora Rose Orrel, both of Bartlesville, Okla.
He was preceded in death by a brother, John; a sister, Sharon Kay; and two grandchildren.
The graveside service will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fort Scott National Cemetery in Fort Scott. Brown-Bishop Post No. 704 Veterans of Foreign Wars will be in charge of military honors. Memorial contributions are suggested to Assistance in Health Care of Tulsa and may be left at or sent to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.