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Wayne E. Farris

November 10, 1938 — April 17, 2021

Wayne Eugene Farris was born November 10, 1938, in Topeka, Kansas.  He was one of two children and the only son of Harry Fredrick and Viola Grace Glitten Farris.

He grew up in Kansas City, Kansas.  At the age of 17, Wayne enlisted in the United States Navy, serving his country aboard the USS Warrick, receiving his honorable discharge in July of 1957.

For most of his life Wayne was a mechanic, working for the Kansas City Kansas Public School District, retiring as bus mechanic supervisor.

Wayne enjoyed spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks and on one such weekend in 1992 he happened to spy a lovely redheaded local girl at “The Meeting Place” in Gravois Mills.  Wayne and Nellie spent the evening dancing and later taking a spin in his red Camaro where they caught sight of an unusual “moon” on the horizon.  Before long, a romance blossomed and on May 9, 1994, Wayne was united in marriage to Nellie Hutchison McFarland and for the next 26 years they spent every day working, laughing and loving each other.

For the past several years Wayne would spend Saturdays helping Nellie at the Good Shepherd Care Center in Versailles in her beauty shop, running errands, helping the residents or just visiting.  If you knew Wayne, you knew his yard was his pride and joy, he loved mowing, making sure the lawn was manicured to perfection.  He never met a stranger and was always ready to lend a hand to everyone he met.  On Sunday mornings at the Versailles United Methodist Church, you would find Wayne and Nellie greeting everyone who came through the door with a smile and if you were lucky, a quick hug.  He had a soft spot for children, especially his grandkids, who he loved to tease.

On Saturday evening, April 17, 2021, after working in his yard, Wayne died unexpectedly at his home, which is exactly how he would have wanted it.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Nellie Farris of the home; two children, Cheryl Bolton of Versailles and Denis McFarland and wife Angie of Blue Springs;  eleven grandchildren, Joey, Jesse, Danielle, Tylor, Paige, Parker, Amanda, Justin, Sarah, Chris and Matt; twenty-three great grandchildren, along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two daughters, Julie Harrison and Lisa Clark and a sister, Dee Enright.

In keeping with his wishes, he was cremated.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at the Versailles United Methodist Church.  Funeral Services will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Versailles United Methodist Church with Pastor Ron Brooks officiating.   Military Funeral Honors will be rendered immediately following the service at the church.  Burial will be in the Greenmore Memorial Gardens in Barnett.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Versailles United Methodist Church Jam Program or the Wounded Warrior Project.

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SERVICES Visitation

Sunday, May 2, 2021 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Versailles United Methodist Church 210 North Monroe Versailles, MO 65084

Funeral Service

Sunday, May 2, 2021 2:30 PM

Versailles United Methodist Church 210 North Monroe Versailles, MO 65084

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