ODIN — William Arnold Farthing, 71, of Odin, passed away at 2 a.m. on Tuesday 7, 2015 at his home in Odin.
He was born on July 15, 1943 in Salem, the son of William O. and Mildred Mae (Shanafelt) Farthing. William married Shirley (Meredith) Farthing on January 4, 1964 in Odin, IL. She still survives in Odin.
Mr. Farthing is survived by his wife; mother; daughter Lea Ann Smith and husband Rob of O’Fallon; son Tony Farthing and wife Julie of Salem; three grandchildren Jackson and Meredith Smith, Evan Farthing; sister-in-law Shirley J. Farthing of Odin; nephew Jerry Farthing and wife Patty; niece Gayla Farthing; great-niece Savannah Farthing; brother-in-law Dale Meredith and wife Jean; sister-in-law Katherine Beasly and husband Frank; sister-in-law Janet Fyke and husband John; and several other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, brother Harold Farthing, and daughter Dee Ann Farthing.
Mr. Farthing was co-owner and operator of Farthing’s Inc with his brother Harold Farthing Arnold was proud to say that he begun keeping the books for Farthing’s Vet Supply at the age of 12. He was co owner of Odin Laundry with Jim McGrew for many years. He was an Elder in the Church of Christ in Richview. He was a member of the Odin School Board for over 30 years. His favorite activities in life were church, family, & work. His hobbies included flying, as he had his private pilot license & owned planes with his brother Harold, spending time on Centralia Lake skiing, boating, and working with and rebuilding antique clocks. After a full professional career and many amateur ones after his retirement, Arnold’s biggest hobby became spending time with family and being a full time Papa.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Irvin Funeral Home in Odin. Interment will follow at Peaceful Valley Cemetery in Odin, with Bill Holzhauser officiating.
Friends may call on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. and asked to meet at the funeral home.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to Odin Fire Department or Tom L. Smith Scholarship Fund, and will be accepted at the Irvin Funeral Home in Odin, who is in charge of arrangements.
Please visit irvinfuneralhome.com to leave an online condolence for the family.