In Loving Memory of Jack Farr

Life Legacy

Jack Farr, of Greenwood, born October 15, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana, son of Mary M. Farr and Hal M. Farr. He attended Butler University, University of Florida, Indiana University and served in the Army Air Force during WWII.

Jack met and married Marjorie L. Kelly, while attending Butler University, after that their adventuresome life started. They first moved to Florida, where they fished and explored the lakes, swamps, springs and sea shores. While finishing graduate work at the University of Florida they read an article on Alaska in the Miami paper, which fired their desire to see it for themselves. Jack turned down a fellowship for more graduate work and they headed up North not knowing what lay ahead. Finally ending up in an Eskimo Village just down from Barrow, Alaska, they both took to this completely different way of life from all they had known.

They were weather observers, post master and teacher to the 67 souls that call Point Lay Home. Jack and Marge loved all things connected to the outdoors and this was the life they had chosen. Many weeks without contact with the outside world living a life that was rugged and challenging, but with a serenity and beauty not found in the hustle and bustle of city life. They were transferred to a U.S. Native Service School on Japonski Island across from Sitka, Alaska. From there they were transferred to White Mountain Native School, where they snow shoed, skied, dog teamed and anything that was another adventure. Seeking more adventures they resigned from the Native service and returned to Sitka, where they made contact with a fish buyer and signed on to buy Salmon out on the fishing grounds. In two years they bought over 1,000,000 pounds of Salmon.

They felt it was time to settle down after their baby boy arrived. Jack also had a stint as Principal of Sitka High School and Columbia Lumber Company in Sitka. Jack served on numerous civic activities while in Sitka. He was offered a position of Historian at Sitka National Monument, later being transferred to Whitman National Monument outside of Walla Walla, Washington and from there to Yosemite National Park, where he enjoyed mountain climbing, ski patrol and the beauty of the area.

Now with two little ones at home, Jack served as Principal of Mooresville High School, Assistant Principal and Dean at Southport High School. They raised their family on 240 wooded acres in Morgan County. Jack retired in 1983 after which they had traveled all over and around the world. Their travels have taken them to so many adventuresome places, such as Nepal, where they flew over Mt. Everest, Africa, Greenland, Iceland, Turkey, India, Cambodia, China, all over South America and the countries and rivers of Europe. Jack lived and loved his life of adventure and died a happy man.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marjorie; children, Dr. Jack Farr, Mary Ann Cronk and Dr. Abigail Klemsz; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements have been entrusted to G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Avenue.

10/15/1922  -  08/25/2011

Born: October 15, 1922

Place of Birth: Indianapolis, IN

Death: August 25, 2011

Place of Death: Indianapolis, IN

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