On Saturday, September 4th, Russel K. Farrow went from the arms of his beloved wife of 61 years straight in the arms of Jesus his Savior.
Russel was born to Ivan “Lynn” Farrow and Ruth (Mitchell) on July 8, 1938 in Mason City, Iowa. Russel enlisted in the National Guard at age 16 with special permission from his mother. It was at age 16 that he also graduated from Adel Highschool Class of 1956. Russel had a very distinguished military career. For 22 years he served his country. He was known as a mustang. He began his career as an enlisted military police. He then proceeded to Warrant Officer for nuclear weapons, attaining the rank of Warrant 2. He then received his direct commission as an Officer, retiring as a Major.
While in the Army he received the following recognitions; Sharp Shooter, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star Metal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantly, Over Seas bans and Meritorious Service Medal.
While in the Army, Russ graduated from the Chaminade University of Honolulu with a Bachelors Degree in Business and a Masters Degree in Business from the University of Iowa.
The Military was not Russel’s whole story. After retiring at the ripe old age of 38, he and Bev bought a farm in Rockwell, IA. While farming he also worked at North Iowa Area Community College, teaching agriculture. He then became a loan officer for Farm Credit. He was employed there for 17 years, beginning as a loan officer, transferring to Haman Resources Training and Development.
It was in 1994 that Russel and Bev moved to Casper, WY, where Russel was employed with Western Vista Credit Union, Highland Park Church, and completed his certification as a financial Planner.
Russ spent his retirement years volunteering at Vita at Davis Mothan Air force base the past 20 years doing taxes for military personnel
Russel was a devoted, loving and proud family man. He received his strength and support from his wife of 61 ½ years and in return he gave her his strength and confidence. Theirs was truly a love match made in heaven. To this union two daughters were born, Becky and Melinda. He was always proud of his girls and supported them unconditionally.
Russel accepted Jesus as his Savior in 1974. He was a faithful and loved servant. He served God as a Sunday School Teacher, Educational Director, taught Bible studies, Deacon, Church Financial Officer. He was a member of Toast Masters and loved flying airplanes.
His pride and joy was first and foremost the love of his life, Beverly, followed closely by his daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Left to cherish and celebrate his life is his wife; Beverly (Waters) Farrow; Daughter, Becky (Farrow) Hansen, son-in-law Steven Hansen. Grandson, Garth Steven Hansen, (Michelle) Granddaughter Skye Mahalia Hansen-Long (Christopher) and great grandchildren; Garrett, Kayden, Gavan, Gage, Carson, Connor and Summer. One brother Pete (Barb) Farrow, nephew Bruce Farrow an Aunt, Helen Peterson and an Uncle, Donald Farrow.
He is preceded in death by his daughter Melinda Farrow, his brother LeRoy Farrow, parents Ivan Lynn and Ruth (Mitchell) Farrow, Grandmother Irene Fuhr and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to Disabled American Veterans or the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home , 600 CY Avenue, Casper, WY 82601.