FARROW, John Richard "Dick," 80, passed away on Monday, October 21, 2013, at home, surrounded by his loving family and pets.
He was born June 27, 1933, in Wheeling, son of the late John and Bonnie Farrow.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 47 years, Norma Jeanne DeMoss Farrow in 2010, and a brother, William Don Farrow.
Dick had a great passion for photography, race cars, and was a huge fan of the Steelers, Pirates, and WVU.
He was an active member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Ohio Lodge 1 AF &AM, and Wheeling Union Chapter 1 Arch Masons.
Dick was a long time employee of Wheeling Machine Product and Wesbaco Bank, Elm Grove.
Dick was truly a selfless, gentle, kind, and caring soul. He touched the lives of everyone around him. He has a heart of gold and never thought twice about putting others before himself. He practiced great humility and was humble by nature. He remained steadfast in his faith in the Lord and gladly served Him in every aspect of his life.
Nothing made Dick happier than his family. In addition to his wife and children, Dick found the greatest love of all in his grandchildren and great- grandchildren. His greatest joy came from teaching and supporting his grandson, Ricardo in all of his sports. Dick was a constant presence at all of his sporting practices and games. Nothing could compare to the pride and satisfaction this gave him in life. He was also a great supporter of granddaughter Jasmine's dance, cheerleading, and sports.
Last but not least, Dick was a huge animal lover and in his last years found comfort and purpose in caring for his three Pekingese, Angel, Spike, and Jade, with whom he shared a special bond. He was surrounded by them even in his final days.
We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Pastor Paul Schaffer for all of his support and spiritual visits. We would also like to thank the staff at Valley Hospice for their kind, compassionate care. An extra special thank you goes out to Esther Hall and Delvon Barath, Dick's personal caregivers. These ladies went above and beyond to ensure that Dick received top notch care both personal and professional.
Surviving are three daughters, Mary Farrow, Leslie Gaughan and her husband, Mike, and Lark Campisano. Also one son, Robert Hoblitzell II, two grandchildren, Ricardo Farrow and Jasmine Creighton, and two great-grandchildren, Rianna Farrow and Akilah Blount. And finally, one brother, James Brent Farrow and his wife, Pam, and three nephews, Jim, Dave, and Steve.
Friends will be received Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Kepner Funeral Home, 166 Kruger Street, Elm Grove, Wheeling, (304-242-2311).
A visitation will also be held Friday from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Kepner Funeral Home. A service will be held Friday, October 25, 2013 at 1 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 141 Kruger Street, Wheeling, WV, with Reverend Paul Schaffer officiating.
Interment to follow in Stone Church Cemetery after passing by Dick's family farm.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark Lutheran Church, 141 Kruger St., Wheeling, WV 26003 or Valley Hospice, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, OH 43943.
Personal condolences may be made to the family at www.kepnerfuneral.com.