Elmer Farris, 90, of Rochester, IL passed away on February 15, 2017 at his residence surrounded by family.
Elmer was born on April 1, 1926 in Springfield, IL the son of Fred and Nelly (Coffee) Farris. Elmer married Loretta (McGlenn) in February 1943 and later married Barbara (Richards) in June 1993, both preceding him in death.
Elmer worked for Pillsbury for over 30 years as an electrician. He then worked as the union Vice President for American Federation of Grain Millers until his retirement. Elmer also served the U.S. in World War II as a Merchant Mariner and also volunteered as an Ansar Shriner. In his free time he enjoyed golfing, spending time with his friends and family, gardening, and making his signature fudge and pies to share.
Elmer is survived by his children Elmer “Doc” Farris of Punta Gorda, FL., Patricia (husband, Steve) Baskosky of Rochester, Jim (wife, Sandy) Farris of Rochester, Mary Beth Sphar of Mesa, Az., and Vicki (husband, Dennis) Cave of Rochester; step-sons Danny Richards and Greg Richards; brother Jim (wife, Glenda) Farris of Keystone Heights, FL.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Loretta (McGlenn) Farris; wife, Barbara (Richards) Farris; brother, William Farris; and step-sons, Shane Richards and Brian Richards.
Visitation: 4-7 pm, Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Staab Funeral Home- Springfield.
Funeral Service: 10 am, Monday, February 20, 2017 at Staab Funeral Home-Springfield with Vaughn Beeman officiating. Burial will follow at Rochester Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.