Robert George (Bob) Farr age, 95 of Ames passed away at Northridge Village on April 25, 2020. Due to federal and state guidelines for COVID-19 the family is holding a private burial at Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames. a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be directed to: www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com
Robert (Bob) Farr was born June 22, 1924 in Grinnell, Iowa the son of Frank and Edyth Farr. He graduated from Fairfield Community Schools in 1942. He attended Simpson College from 1942 - 1943. The Navy inducted him on a V-12 while he was at University of Dubuque in 1943-1945. After the war, Bob went on to Garrett Seminary from 1945-1948. Bob served churches in Douds, Leando Selma, Mount Moriah - 1948-55; Waukee, Booneville, Maple Grove - 1955-59; Wilton, Moscow - 1959-65; Carson, Mount Hope - 1965-74; and Dexter, Redfield, Penn Center - 1974-89. Bob, with his beloved wife, Helen, served at two interim assignments after retirement. These were: Bayard, Wichita -1990-1991, and Menlo, Jefferson Center - 1994-98.
Bob always said, "I was a country pastor who loved my people and endeavored to show God's love in Christ to them."
Bob is survived by his wife Helen Farr; children, Suzanne Thompson (Brian), Marla Meier, Deanne Caudle, Lynanne Badger (William), and Heather Smirnoff (Paul); grandchildren Michele Elson (Jacob), Sara TeBockhorst (John), Joshua Thompson, John Meier, Malinda Buffon (Joshua), and Dana Golding (Martyn); great-grandchildren Jacob Morgan, Jamie Morgan, Hayden TeBockhorst, and Jennings TeBockhorst.
Preceded in death were his parents, Frank and Edythe; sister, Mildred Parsons; daughter, Audrey Farr; and son-in-law, Rick Caudle.
Memorials may be directed to: Collegiate United Methodist Church, Wesley Foundation, or Food at First Food Bank.
Bob was our Pastor at Dexter and Pen Center churches for many years. A good friend and a good caring man!
Helen, my heart is heavy this morning after hearing of Bob's passing. I treasure the years you and Bob worshiped with us. Bob was, to me, the quintessential pastor. He was gentle and kind, had a wonderful sense of humor, spoke from the heart during sermons, and was able to relate and visit with virtually anyone he met. One thing I always noticed about Bob was that when he was in the pulpit, he always took time to thank everyone who had a part in the service: the organist, the acolytes, the Lay Leader, the choir members and director. He called them by name and thanked them for their assistance in worship. I looked forward each year to having either Bob or you, Helen, come and preach for us while our pastor was away. He will truly be missed. May the many wonderful memories you have comfort you and give you strength during this difficult time. Please know you are in Rich's and my thoughts and prayers. Sending electronic hugs to you until I can see you and give you a hug in person to let you know how sorry I am.
Rev. Farr officiated my wedding ceremony in 1983 at Penn Center church south of Dexter, IA. My condolences to his family. He was a very kind and compassionate man. I am glad to have known him and that I have the special memory of him being part of my wedding day.
Heather, so sorry for your loss. My mother baby sat you and Audrey. I saw that you left a condolence on my mothers obituary page and need to do the same for you. Mom thought a lot of your family.
Bless You and Thank You
I have the fondest memories of serving on teams with Bob and Helen on three-day Christian leadership weekends (Cursillo and Walk to Emmaus). One particular memory that makes Bob extra-special to me: We were attending the Friday evening/Saturday over-night practice for a weekend, Bob as the Spiritual Director and myself as team musician. Bob wanted to end our Friday night sessions with a Communion service before bed time. I was alone in the designated worship area working on music for the service. The lights had been dimmed. I looked up when Bob entered the room carrying the communion elements and was totally awestruck by the reverence with which he both carried the elements and set the Table of Grace. I was mesmerized. At that exact moment I felt hands on my shoulders as though someone had entered the room behind me and rested their hands on my shoulders. Then I heard God speak to me, calling me to ministry. It was God's hands on my shoulders. There is not a time that I don't prepare for Holy Communion without thinking of Bob with a prayer from a full heart of thankfulness. Pastor Karen Berg Currier (my last name was Mauser when I first met Bob and Helen) Bob was a wonderful friend and mentor.
So sorry for your loss. Rev Farr was our pastor in Wilton when I married and my children were baptized
Annette and I knew Bob, Helen, and the girls early in our ministry. But Bob and I have a personal relationship that goes back to 1978 when I made my Cursillo (now Walk to Emmaus) in September of 1978. Bob was a wonderful friend and mentor, and I took his example and love for rural churches to heart during my tenure in ministry. We had some great and joyful times together at the Men's and Women's weekends when we had the opportunity to serve on the same Emmaus teams. Thank you, Helen and young ladies for sharing Bob with the Emmaus/Cursillo communities of Iowa.
Revs Dave and Annette Kruse
(Iowa Conference Walk to Emmaus Co-Spiritual Directors 1988-1996)
Good night, Dad.
Love you, Heather
Bob is missed!!
I love bob and Helen so much he will be missed. He was like a grandpa to me.
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