John R. FarrellJohn Robert Farrell, age 89, of Larimore, ND, passed away on May 16, 2013 in Northwood, ND following a brief illness. John was born December 11, 1923 in Larimore, the second of four boys, to John Leo (Lee) and Catherine Marie (Shide) Farrell, and was a lifelong resident of the Larimore area. He and his brothers grew up learning to love farming, a love he carried throughout his adult life. John graduated from Larimore High School, where he was active in The Future Farmers of America, serving as president of the local chapter and represented Larimore as State Treasurer. He was honored as valedictorian of the 1941 high school graduating class. Following high school John worked as a mechanic at Jarman and Shide Implement in Larimore. In 1946 he married Beulah Marie Lawson in Larimore. They soon began farming near Larimore as a member of the Elk Valley Farms, an association they maintained for over 40 years. Following his retirement from farming in 1987, John set up a repair shop in the Coast to Coast hardware store in Larimore, where he fixed lawn mowers and small engines for an additional 20 years until his final retirement at age 85. He was a lifelong member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church.
John is survived by his children Mary (Peter) Bilden, Boone, IA, Joe (Donna) Farrell, Grand Forks, and Alice (Harold) DeVore, Pearland, TX; grandchildren Leigh (Hank) Gray, Stillwater, MN, Michael Bilden, Minneapolis, MN, Scott Farrell, Minneapolis, MN, Anthony Farrell, Grand Forks, and Aryn (Paul) De Lisi, Houston, TX; great-grandchildren Davis and Colin Gray, Zachary and Lauren Farrell, Anna and Victoria De Lisi; brothers James of Royal, AK and Kenneth (Helen) Farrell, Larimore and sister-in-law Bonnie (Eugene) Farrell, Larimore, sister-in-law Renee (Buck) Lawson, Fargo, and sister-in-law Alice (Gordie) Eider, Grand Forks.