Robert (Bud) Farley

Robert (Bud) Farley, the fifth of eight children of Lewis and Olive (Kloss) Farley, was born May 20, 1920 at Churdan, and departed from this life April 1 at the Regency Park Care Center in Jefferson. He lived his life to the age of 94 years.

Robert attended and graduated from the Churdan High School in 1938. Bob said that he liked being called a WWII veteran. He was inducted into the United States Army at Ft. Leavenworth Kansas on Jan. 21, 1942. He had training at Camp Callan, Calif. and Orlando, Fla. He was deployed to Oran, (Algeria) North Africa on Jan. 27, 1943. He served in the Italian Theatre of Operations, at Naples and Rome and also took part in the drive north from Marseilles, France and into Belgium. He was in Frankfurt, Darmstadt and Limburg, returning home on a Liberty Ship via Boston on Oct. 25, 1945. He was released from active duty on Oct. 29, 1945 at Camp McCoy, Wis.

Bud married Rosemary Halligan on January 28, 1950. They left for Southern California on their honeymoon. In 1956 they moved their family to Grass Valley in Northern California. He worked for the California Department of Forestry until his retirement in 1970. He owned and operated Mac’s Bar and Saw Shop in Grass Valley for almost ten years before returning to Churdan in 1978.

Robert was a member of the First Baptist Church in Churdan.

He is survived by his seven children, Rick (Rian) Farley of Durham, Calif., Lori (Wayne) Smith of Twain Harte, Calif., Rod Farley of Sacramento, Calif., Debra Farley-Evans of Grass Valley, Calif., Marilyn (Larry) Loesch of Sacramento, Calif., Russell (Jane) Farley of Houston, Texas and Ann Farley of Santa Clara, Calif. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren: Jesse (Valerie Myrick) Smith of Chico, Calif., Jared Smith of Twain Harte, Calif., Sean (Megan) Farley of Chico, Calif.: Megan Farley of Chico, Calif.: Sarah (Brad) Barns of Grass Valley, Calif.; Robert Evans of Lemoore, Calif.; Matt Farley of Sacramento, Calif.; Kelley Farley of Davis, California; Laura (Vitor) Farley-Cardinale of Sacramento, Calif. and Jack Farley and Nick Farley of Houston, Texas. Also survived by five great- grandchildren: Hunter Barns of Grass Valley, Nathan Farley of Chico, Cali., Maeve Smith of Chico, Calif; Maira Rose Farley-Cardinale of Grass Valley, Calif. and Tristen Barns of Grass Valley, Cali. Bud is also survived by a sister Mae Naffziger of Apple Valley, Calif. and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, a son Robert Farley and his siblings, William, Ramona and Chester Farley, Ruth Ramsey, Irene Ferguson and Rebecca Whitver. He was also preceded in death by Rosemary Farley, mother of his children.

Funeral services were held April 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Churdan with Rev. Bobby Palmer officiating. Burial with military honors was made in the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan. Musical selection “How Great Thou Art” was sung by the congregation and played by organist, Rochelle Guess. Serving as casket bearers were  Don Ferguson, Kevin Whitver, Lee Johnson, Brian Berns, Marlo Malen and Don Reed. Honorary bearers were Mae Naffziger, Michael Ferguson, Helen Naffziger, Keith and Rhetta Wright and Kay Bates.       

The Brown Funeral Home of Churdan assisted the family.

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