Obituary: Joe Maxwell Farner

Joe Maxwell Farner

Joe Maxwell Farner

Joe Maxwell Farner, 85, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2015. He was born in Comanche, Texas, on May 2, 1929, to Burl and Mary (Roberts) Farmer.

Joe met his beautiful wife, Marie (Matich), in Cottonwood, Ariz., in 1947 when Joe worked as a lineman and Marie worked in the local bakery/ice cream shop. Joe would come in to buy his milkshakes. After those milkshakes were blended, he knew he had found the love of his life, which resulted in a marriage that spanned more than 66 years.

In 1950, Joe and Marie moved to Kingman, where Joe was line superintendent for Mohave Electric Power Company. In 1962, Joe started his own business, Farner Electric Incorporated, which continues today.

Joe's second love of his life was traveling thousands of miles wearing out five motor homes over 33 years while visiting the lower 48 states, Canada, Alaska and to the tip of Baja, Mexico.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Burl and Mary; sister, Burlene Timms; and grandson, Ian Farner.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Marie; son, Joe Dennis (Donna); daughter, Janice Bein (Dave); son, Glenn (Deborah); grandchildren, Kerry Taylor, Kasie Juelfs, Traci Rosenbach, Hayley Kelly, Cris Bein, Austin Farner and Cameron Farner; and 13 great grandchildren.

Joe is also survived by his sisters, Jean Venable and husband, Vernon, of Clovis, N.M., and Dorothy Hasley of Lubbock, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to KRMC Joan and Diana Hospice Care, 3269 Stockton Hill Road, Kingman, AZ, 86409.

A private celebration of his life will be held on May 2.