Richard W. Farris

OSWEGO — Richard W. Farris, 91, of Oswego passed away at 4:16 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at Oswego Health and Rehab. 

He was born on Jan. 3, 1930, to Frank R. and Ora Alice (Boston) Farris in Hallowell. When Richard was 6, he moved with his family to Oswego, where he grew up and attended school. After graduating from Oswego High School, Richard spent his life working, owning businesses and being involved in the Oswego area. 

Besides farming his entire life, Richard owned and operated Oswego Implement, was a director at Westside Homes, owned and operated Farris Insurance Agency, worked at American State Bank and Supreme Trailer Manufacturing and was a contractor building homes. For the last 13 years before his retirement, Richard found another job he truly enjoyed, driving a school bus.

He was a member of Oswego United Methodist Church, where he served on the church board for a number of years. Richard was very involved in the Oswego community in the following: USD 504 school board, serving as president for 11 years; Oswego Fire Department from 1965 to 1986, serving as fire chief for some of that time; civil defense director; Oswego City Council member; Oswego Rotary; Oswego Museum board; Oswego Genealogy Society; Labette County Fair Board; and helped with the Avenue of Flags. Besides being involved with his community, Richard’s greatest joy came from spending time with his family. He also enjoyed flying, collecting antique tractors, going to auctions, studying genealogy and playing dominoes. 

On Aug. 22, 1948, Richard and Mary Nell Shelly were united in marriage at Oswego United Methodist Church. She preceded him in death on July 7, 2013.

Survivors include three sons, John Farris and his wife, Kristen, of Grove, Oklahoma, William Farris and his wife, Theresa, of Oswego and Mark Farris and his wife, Terri, of Austin, Texas; two daughters, Nancy Castle and her husband, Dan, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Deborah Brooks of Wichita; 17 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary; and two brothers.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Oswego United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Park Cemetery in Columbus. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church. The funeral service can be viewed live on the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home Facebook page. For all events, social distancing guidelines will be followed, including the requirement of face masks.

Memorials are suggested to the Oswego Fire Department and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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