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Merlin Keith Farrar, 89, died Wednesday, May 3, 2017. 

He was born to Forrest W. and Mattie L. Farrar, Sept. 29, 1927 in Hugoton.  

He married Billie Clement Sept. 8, 1945 in Long Beach, California. She preceded him in death. 

He worked the family farm west of Hugoton his entire life with both his father, brother and sons. The family grew everything from wheat to soybeans to hydroponic tomatoes to chinchillas. 

He was also known as an accomplished carpenter and family members still use many of his creations decades later. 

He served as state representative for Southwest Kansas 12 years and spent an additional eight years on the State Board of Tax Appeals.

He was also a member of the United Methodist Church of Hugoton for more than 60 years, where he sang regularly with both the choir and a men’s trio.  

He and Billie round danced for many years and danced all over the world including on top of the Great Wall of China. 

He loved piloting small aircraft which led to many adventures for his family. 

He enjoyed studying the stars and built telescopes and even his own observatory at the age of 74.

Survivors include sons, Vance Farrar and wife, Bobbie, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Gary Farrar, Kansas City, Missouri; four granddaughters: Lisa Farrar Wellman, Austin, Texas, Jody Farrar, San Francisco, Summer Farrar, Kansas City, Missouri, and Susie Farrar, Seal Rock, Oregon; grandson, Eric Farrar, Augusta; and six great-grandchildren: Alex, Katie, Reagan, Paige, Avery and Harrison.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; brother, Walter; and sister, Dorthea.

• Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. May 10, 2017 at the Hugoton United Methodist Church with Rev. Becky Davidson presiding. 

Burial will follow at the Hugoton Cemetery in Hugoton. 

Friends may call Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Paul’s-Robson Funeral Home in Hugoton.

Memorials are suggested to Pikes Peak Palliative and Hospice Care of Colorado Springs; United Methodist Church of Hugoton, Kan. in care of Pauls-Robson Funeral Home.

 

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