Ken Farmer Passed Away on Saturday, May 23 - his obituary is on line now

Ken Farmer passed away on Saturday.

The whole Cottonwood community is shocked at the sudden loss of our friend. Even though Ken lived in Cottonwood only a few years, he's left an impact on our small community that will remain forever.

Ken motivated us to do things we thought we didn't think we could do. He was the first to say "I'll do that" and the last to leave when the job was done. He and Norma have meant so much to Cottonwood.

Ken was the force behind the "Benefit Prize Drawing" to raise money for the new firehouse. Because of Ken we succeeded, and because of Ken's work building and supervising, our new firehouse was getting built.

To say that Ken will be missed is a great understatement.

Ken's obituary from the 5/28/09 Abilene Reporter News

Kenneth Dale Farmer, 63, died Saturday, May 23, 2009 in a local hospital. Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 29th at the Cross Plains Fire Department* with Reverend Matt McGowan officiating, arrangements by Starbuck Funeral Home.

Kenneth was born March 16, 1946 in Great Falls, Montana to Virgil Lee and Mary Ola (Trammel) Farmer. He married Norma Hale. Kenneth attended school in Hamlin. He was a Vietnam army veteran serving 3 tours of duty as a master sergeant and also serving in the Army Airborne. Kenneth then became an army recruiter serving in Wichita Falls, Abilene and Moses Lake, WA. He was a homebuilder for many years and a rancher who raised longhorn cattle. Most recently, he was a firefighter in the Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department. Kenneth liked to tinker in his workshop and he loved to read. He was a caregiver and practical joker.

Survivors include his wife Norma Farmer of Cottonwood; his daughter, Dee Ann Burke and husband Lawson of Ione, CA; 3 sons, Travis Northern of Ione, CA, Kenny Farmer and wife Katy of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Jack Farmer and wife Linda of Oregon; his mother, Mary Massey of Abilene; 2 sisters, Linda Curtis and husband Paul of Abilene, Peggy Phillips and husband Danny of Bryan; a brother, Jimmy Massey and wife Terry of Tye; and 4 grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Cottonwood Volunteer Control Unit, c/o Diane Smith, 13996 CR 461, Cross Plains, TX 76443.

*memorial is actually at the Cottonwood Firehouse

Ken with the Horsehouse Pouring Concrete the Great Thinker Ken and Norma Ken with Bob and Arnie