Loving father, grandfather, husband, brother and uncle, Mike Farmer passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at his home in Linden while surrounded by family and friends.
Mike was born Oct. 26, 1940, in Wilmington, Del. He graduated from Roxbury High School in Roxbury, N.J., in 1958, and attended Mount Saint Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md. He served in the U.S. Army at Fort Meade, Md., and is a Vietnam veteran. He worked for Esso in Wilmington, Del., before buying his own business and moving to Williamsport, Pa., in 1974.
Mike was the second oldest son of six children born to Leonard J. and Marie Wilson Farmer of Wilmington, Del. He was predeceased by his mother, father and his brothers, Joe and Len.
Michael W. Farmer
Mike spent the last 37 years building M.W. Farmer & Company into a successful petroleum contracting business. He was an outgoing and caring individual who enjoyed going to the office every day, including Saturdays. He was known for his wonderful backrubs, humorous jokes, and distribution of treats to various small businesses and friends throughout town. He was widely known and respected by the many organizations he belonged to and has an extensive list of accomplishments within the petroleum industry; he also taught several seminars at Georgia Tech University during the 1990s.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 37 years, Jan, also known as A-ma to close family and friends. Mike frequently boasted of his four children, Michelle Giles (Tom), Lisa Epright (Chad), John Vrabec (Margie) and Bill Farmer (Kathy) and was proud of their accomplishments and the adults they had become. Mike was "Pop Pop" to the seven grandchildren he adored, Kyle, Abbey, Marissa, Hannah, Michael, AJ and Leah.
He will also be sorely missed by his sisters, Susan Herr (Bob) and Annie Erskine (Jim); sister-in-law, Marie Farmer; and brother-in- law, John Novak (Maria); and many nieces and nephews, along with his breakfast "cronies" that he met with every Saturday morning.
Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sanders Mortuary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, 1220 Northway Road, Williamsport. A funeral luncheon to follow at Cloud 9 Restaurant located at the airport.
Private burial at the convenience of the family.
The family will provide the flowers and suggest memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Dialysis Fund of Central Pennsylvania, c/o Williamsport Dialysis Clinic, 1660 Sycamore Road, Montoursville, PA 17754.