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Full obituary Wesley H. McFarlin, 85, was born in the small community of Larissa, Mo., on April 3, 1922, to Henry and Mertie McFarlin. Wesley passed away on Monday, May 14, 2007, at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, surrounded by his family and dear friends.
Wesley attended West Liberty School and served his country in World War II. He was a licensed cosmetologist and once had the pleasure of doing the hair of country music entertainer Dottie West.
After 32 years of working at John Deere Spreader, Wesley retired and was often seen driving his tractor through the area on his way to plow a garden, mow sprouts or bale hay for someone.
Wesley was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Mertie McFarlin, four sisters, Juanita Green, Mae McFarlin, Nancy DeBruyne and Cecil Caldwell; and two brothers, Neil and Robert McFarlin.
Surviving are his companion of 17 years, Judy; a son, Jim McFarlin and wife, Ann, of Fort Smith, Ark.; two daughters, Becky Lindstrom and husband, Howard, of Loves Park, Ill., and Bev Nidey and husband, Floyd, of LeClaire, Iowa; two sisters, Velma Chapell and Betty Newberry, both of Ava; 13 grandchildren, Marcie and Tom Howard, Melissa and Andy Tervelt, Matt and Kelly Lindstrom, Mindy Lindstrom, Bridgette Nidey-Brown, Adam and Darcy Nidey, Sarah and Kevin McGinty, Holly and Mike Finegan, Sheryl and Craig Harrison, David and Christie McFarlin, Michael and Catrena Lee, Patrick and Shea Lee, and Steve and Denene McFarlin; and 22 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous other family and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 18, at 2 p.m., at Ava Family Funeral Home, Ava, with Randy Dalton officiating. Burial followed in White’s Creek Cemetery with full military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, White’s Creek Cemetery or Star Chapel.