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Floyd Francis Farlow 1922-2012

Dec 26, 2012

Funeral service for Floyd Francis Farlow of Emmetsburg will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Louie Q. Gallo will officiate.

Burial will be in the Van Meter Cemetery in Van Meter.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.

Floyd Francis Farlow was born on Jan. 18, 1922 to Floyd William Farlow and Happilona (Odell) Farlow at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington DC. The family returned to Siam, IA, after his father’s discharge from the Navy, where they owned the only gas station, garage, and grocery store.

After graduation from Bedford High School in 1941, Francis went to San Francisco to work as a welder, building ships. He and Mary Lois Moore were married on June 23, 1942. Francis was inducted into the Army at Camp Dodge in Des Moines on Apr. 27, 1944. He served primarily in France and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant from the 706 Port Marine Maintenance Company on May 2, 1946.

He returned to Iowa and with Mary and his dad built Farlow Oil Company in Siam, and in 1952, in Emmetsburg.

Francis loved outdoor sports. He was a lifetime member of the Palo Alto Gun Club. He loved to fish, making numerous fishing trips. He had a small cabin on Lost Island Lake where he spent time water skiing with his family. Francis and Mary spent time together traveling. He loved Alaska and “would have raised his family there” if he would have visited there sooner. Francis was a story teller. He had a humorous story for nearly every subject. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and Earnest Lodge No. 399 of The Grand Lodge of Iowa Masons.

Francis passed away on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lois, his parents and brother, Don Farlow and wife Ruth, his granddaughter, Joy Portillo, and by brothers-in-law, Maurice Root and George Reed. His surrogate fathers were Andy Adams and Pete Spittel.

Surviving are his children, Beverly Farlow (Jean Schafer) of Stewartville, MN, William Farlow (Mary Stanzel) of West Des Moines, Virginia Portillo (Richard) of Rochester, MN, and Virgil Farlow (Jacqueline Conderacci) of Aurora, NY; ten grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; his sister, Jeanette Reed of Pensacola, FL and sister-in-law, Josephine Root of Seattle, WA.

Condolences can be left at www.martinmatticefuneralhome.com