Gene Ray Farber, age 72, of New Germany, passed way Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska.
He was born Sept. 12, 1943, in Hollywood Township, the son of Roland and Viola (Oelfke) Farber. Gene was baptized as an infant Sept. 26, 1943, at St. John Lutheran Church in Hollywood Township, New Germany; and was confirmed in his faith as a youth April 14, 1957, at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg.
He received his education at Emanuel Lutheran parochial school in Hamburg.
Gene was united in marriage to Phyllis Margaret Kerr Jan. 30, 1987, at the Carver County Courthouse in Chaska. Gene and Phyllis made their home in New Germany, and shared over 29 years of marriage.
Gene worked on the farm. He was also employed at Honeywell Advance Circuits and Medallion in Waconia, retiring seven years ago.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Hollywood Township, New Germany; and also served on the Carver County Fair Board.
Gene enjoyed hunting and horses, especially trail riding; his Schnauzers, and growing tomatoes. He especially cherished the time spent visiting with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren.
Gene is survived by his wife, Phyllis Farber of New Germany; children, James Farber and his wife, Kris, of Arlington, Jodi Seemann and her husband, Todd, of Norwood Young America, Jeffrey Farber and his fiancée, Dawn Stearns, of Winthrop, and Joel Farber of Winthrop; and grandchildren, Brent Farber and his significant other, Rachel Lee, of Bloomington, Eric Seemann and his wife, Rachael, of Plato, Tyler Seemann and his significant other, Lacy, of Williston, ND, Nathan Farber of Arlington, Carson Farber, Elliana Farber, both of Winthrop, and Crystal Fairbanks and her husband, Ben, and their children, of North Branch.
He is further survived by a brother, Wayne Farber and his wife, Marlys, of Green Isle; brother-in-law Mark Kerr and his wife, Cheryl, of St. Louis Park; nieces; nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Roland and Viola Farber.
There was a gathering of family and friends Friday, Feb. 12 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Hollywood Township; followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m.
Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Chapel Norwood Young America.