James Farmer

James E. "Gene" Farmer Sr.

March 4, 1932 - October 15, 2020
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James E. "Gene" Farmer Sr. of Cincinnati, OH, beloved husband of Joan Farmer for 63 years, passed away Thursday, October 15th. He was 88 years old. Devoted father of 5 sons: Jim (Terri), Joe (Margie), John (Carolyn), Jeff (Holly), and Jay (Kristen). Grandfather to 17 grandchildren: Matt, Jessica, Alyssa, Emily, Bethany, Luke, Elizabeth, Zach, Sam, Laurel, Nick, Julie, Andy, Evelyn, Jake, Brooke, and Kenleigh. Gene is survived by his siblings: Shirley (Mike) Hildebrandt and Pamela Spear.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Viola Farmer and sisters, Ruby Roark and Delta Brown.

He was an active member in his church, Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, for many years. He was a Navy and Korean War veteran honorably serving his country aboard the U.S.S. Gatling. He spent most of his career as a bus driver for Greyhound and then 10 years as a school bus driver for Forest Hills School District before retirement.

Private services will be held on Wednesday, October 21st. The family suggests sending memorial contributions to Anderson Hills United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association.
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    St. Mary Cemetery (Cincinnati)
    701 Ross Ave
    CINCINNATI, OH 45217
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Zach Farmer

Posted at 12:15am
I'll always remember you loved malted milk balls and helping us sample a frozen dessert or two to make sure the freezer seal was still in good repair when we'd visit as kids. I have a vivid memory of you picking me up after school from Sherwood Elementary in slate-grey stickshift Dodge pickup with mismatched side mirrors and fading upholstery; I loved that truck as a kid. I remember taking apart a broken VCR in the living room of the old house on Petri drive while you sat on the couch we listened to Marty Brenneman announce the Reds on the radio. I remember you loved to play the organ. I remember when you loaned my dad the Lincoln to chauffeur Jackie and I to high school Prom, and I remember how tickled you were to meet her after. Every time I see a gold Lincoln Continental I can't help but smile and remember you. My first car was an inferno red metallic Dodge Stratus that you sold my dad what feels like a long time ago now; I remember gleefully whipping around turns driving down 8 Mile Road with my newly minted license in that car. Looking back so many years later, I wonder if I had the same feeling then that you did taking your first car out for a drive (I think you or my dad told me once it was a Model T). That feeling that a winding road stretched out before you and that four wheels, a tinkerer's curiosity, and kindness to all meant life would never be dull and in hard times "this too shall pass" like a long drive through a night rainstorm. That love of driving is genetic, it seems, and the thought that you, my dad, and I are maybe alike in that has always been comforting to me. Driving through Utah this weekend on I-70, I wondered if a Greyhound bus with you at the wheel had passed through that way once, and I imagined you'd looked up at the canyons and mountains and mesas and marveled as I did at the sheer scale of it all on that winding highway that reached the horizon. Life was generally "pretty tolerable" as you often put it, but I know it won't ever be quite the same with you gone. I love you and I miss you, Grandpa.

Chester Imhausen

Posted at 07:55pm
Dear Joan and extended family, my deepest sympathies on the passing of your loving husband, father, and grandfather. God be with you all!
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Posted at 03:38pm
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Angela Charboneau

Posted at 07:14pm

So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. May you and your family be surrounded by love and prayer.

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Paul West

Posted at 09:10am
Connie and my thoughts are with you Joan, and the wonderful guys of the Farmer family. There was never a better family to grace the halls of Turpin High School. The service that Joan and Gene provided to their activities in service to their sons was unmeasurable . All who knew Gene and Joan as well as Jim, Joe, John, Jeff and Jay benefitted from that acquaintance. Paul West

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