William O. Farnsworth, 84, of Monroeville, died at 9:57 a.m. Sunday in the emergency room at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne after being stricken ill at home that day.
He was born on February 7, 1926, in Antwerp, Ohio, to Clyde Farnsworth Sr. and Grace S. Sunday Farnsworth.
He married Beaulah J. Brown on May 12, 1945, in Corpus Christi, Texas; she passed away on August 18, 2009, after 64 years of marriage.
William retired in April of 1982 from International Harvester Corp. in Fort Wayne with 40 years of service and worked for Taylor Distributors in Waynedale for 14 years after retiring from Harvester.
William was a member of East Liberty United Methodist Church in rural Monroeville and held various offices in the church. He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II from 1944-46.
William was the justice of the peace in Monroe Township for nine years, an assistant scoutmaster in Monroeville, a member of American Legion Post 420 in Monroeville and an active member of the Liars' Club.
He enjoyed bowling and golf.
Surviving are two daughters,Joy Klinker, wife of Rev. Harold Klinker of Decatur, and Mrs. J.W. (Jeanne S.) Ragland of Cottontown, Tennessee; two sons, Bradford D. Farnsworth (and wife Ricki) of Monroeville and Douglas E. Farnsworth (and wife Alison) of Phoenix, Arizona; one sister, Ruth N. Ferguson of Birch Run, Michigan; one brother, Richard L. Farnsworth of Mt. Morris, Michgan; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Preceding him in death were two brothers, Clyde Farnsworth Jr. and Arthur Farnsworth, and two sisters, Ilene M. DeBeauVais and Louise M. McLaughland.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in East Liberty United Methodist Church, with Rev. Barry McCune and Rev. Harold Klinker officiating.
Burial will be in Monroeville Memorial Cemetery, with a U.S. flag presentation by members of American Legion Post 420.
Visiting hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home's Jacobs Chapel at Monroeville and 10-11 a.m. Wednesday in the church.
Preferred memorials are to East Liberty United Methodist Church, to the Monroeville unit of the Emergency Medical Service, or to the Monroeville Fire Department.