Farley Houx Peterson was born June 13, 1919, at home in Sioux City, the son of John C. and Leah Ella (Glasgow) Peterson. He attended school in Sioux City and graduated from East High School with the Class of 1938.
Farley was united in marriage to Charlotte Albert April 12, 1942, in Le Mars.
He served his country in the United States Army from July 1942 to November 1945. He had been stationed in Dakar, Senegal and Tripoli, Lybia for deployments.
Following Farley's discharge from the service, he returned to farm in Fredonia Township, rural Le Mars. Farley and Charlotte farmed until 1980 when they retired and continued to live on the farm until moving to Le Mars in 1983.
Farley enjoyed working on his tractors, often rebuilding the engines over the winter months to prepare for the following year's work. After moving to town, he enjoyed working in his large garden and giving away fresh produce to friends and family.
He also enjoyed many woodworking projects and shared them with family and friends. In later years, Farley enjoyed traveling to visit family.
Farley had been a longtime member of the First Baptist Church, having served the church in several capacities including elder and deacon. He was always willing to volunteer and help out wherever needed at church. His faith was very important to him which helped him to lead a very non-judgmental life.
He will be remembered by family and friends as a very generous and gracious man. He loved to share his sense of humor and leave everyone with a smile.
Survivors include five children: Farley A. Peterson, of Dixon, Mo., Lana Johnson and her husband, the Rev. David Johnson, of Franklin, Neb., Sue Ellen Peterson, of Ramsey, Minn., Merle Peterson, of Le Mars, and Sally Becker and her husband, Bob, of Everly; five grandchildren: Micah (Amy) Johnson and their children Nicolae, Gabriel, and Oliver, of Gainesville, Fla., Lucas (Marianne) Johnson and their children Noah, Madeline, and Annabelle, of Mustang, Okla., Jacob (Rachelle) Johnson, of Charlotte, N.C., Mark (Erica) Becker of Indianapolis, Ind., and Teresa Becker of Sydney, Australia; a sister-in-law, Donna Peterson, of Santa Monica, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Farley was preceded in death by his parents, John C. and Leah Ella (Glasgow) Peterson; his wife, Charlotte on March 26, 1996; and three brothers: Jack (Madeline), James (Mildred), and Norman Peterson.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at the First Baptist Church in Le Mars with Pastor Jon Meredith officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 was at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation was after 4 p.m. Sunday, at the First Baptist Church (621 Remer Drive) with the family present to greet friends after 6 p.m. followed by a 7:30 p.m. prayer service at the church. Visitation continued Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.
Pallbearers were Micah Johnson, Lucas Johnson, Jacob Johnson, Mark Becker, and Teresa Becker.
Memorials can be directed to The Gideons International.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.