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William ‘Frank’ Farrar

September 25, 2022 - 00:00
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William “Frank” Farrar died unexpectedly Sept. 15, 2022, in Oklahoma City at the age of 87. Frank was born Oct. 2, 1934, in Guthrie, the son of Milton and Elizabeth Farrar. He graduated from Arcadia High School. Frank married Flora Belle Pyle on Oct. 5, 1956, in Guthrie. They were married for over 65 years.

Frank Farrar was a man of faith, having been saved at the age of 5 and baptized in a farm pond.

He served in many positions with the churches he attended. This included the position of deacon, which he was ordained in 1969 and served as such for many decades.

He lived out his faith throughout his life and endeavored to instill a love of God in his family and those around him.

He worked all his life with his childhood shaped by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl.

His labor started on the family farm which included expanding their home and building a split-level dairy barn, the first in Oklahoma, among other things.

He branched out to hauling hay and other such jobs for other farms to earn money.

His work helped provide for the family while his older brother was serving overseas and his father couldn’t work because of a heart attack.

While farming throughout his entire life, Frank became employed building homes just before getting married.

From there he began a career in pipeline construction, which eventually took him and family to many places across the United States like Casper, Wyo., and Lake Charles, La. Employment returned him to Oklahoma at Dover.

Then as a truck driver driving crude oil transport, he amassed nearly 2 million miles accident-free while working a second job before his first retirement.

Frank returned to pipe-line work until he retired again.

He returned again to pipelining until a third retirement, which allowed him to spend his labor just on the family farm, which he loved and always worked throughout his days.

He never retired from farming.

Frank served in the National Guard for 12 years and ended his service to stay home more with his family.

Even though his employment took a large portion of his time, he spent time raising his family and teaching the next generations skills and trades which has served them very well.

He taught hunting and fishing, animal husbandry, carpentry, machinery and mechanics, plumbing, electrical, masonry, farming, and gardening.

The most important lesson he taught was how to be a Godly and honorable man who will take on challenges without fear of failure.

He is survived by his wife Flora Belle Farrar; three sons, Franklin Farrar and wife Kim of Dover, Dwayne and wife Wynn Farrar of Kingfisher and Edwin Farrar and wife Cari of Guthrie; nine beloved grandchildren, Adam Farrar, Becky Edge, Ethan Farrar, Matt Farrar, Seth Farrar, Michael Farrar, Daniel Farrar, Zeb Farrar, Jon Farrar; honorary beloved grandsons, Jereme Buck and Dalton Buck; 16 beloved great-grandchildren; brother, John Farrar; brother-in-law, Glen Pyle; many nephews and nieces.

A celebration of life was Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Dover Baptist Church.

Burial followed at the Dover cemetery.