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FARLEY, Arduth Dale
FARLEY, Arduth Dale Dec. 9, 1916 - Jan. 29, 2015 To those who loved him, it's not important when he was born or when he died. What matters most is who he was between those times. A man with three great loves in his life; God, his family and an honest days work. At the age of 16, he quit school and began to labor as a farmer after his father passed away. He helped raise 6 younger siblings; five sisters, Clarice, Pauline, Willadean, Vauda Lee, and his brother Earl. Later he went to work for the mill and a trucking company hauling hay among other things. At the end of his career he retired from the Lancaster Public Schools where he was officially a janitor, but more of a good friend with a mop and a bucket. His preferred job title though was as the 'pack mule' carrying a sack full of newspapers over his shoulders as he joined his grandsons, Terry and Eric on their routes when he came to visit his much-loved daughter Patsy. His favorite love on earth would be his first wife Lillian. They had three daughters together. Two of them died at an early age (Dorothy & Reba), as would his beloved. A few years later he met Bobbie and he stayed by her side to the end. Some would say you could count the Dodgers as a real love too. He watched every game on TV while listening to it on the radio and wearing his favorite LA cap. A man of deep devotion, no matter the difficulty or sorrow his first and truest love always remained. Nobody asked if he was a Christian for he spoke it in each action and it was felt in every word. Despite terrible Dyslexia he could quote scripture, chapter and verse. Bible Study was at his house every week and you could catch him on Sunday in church just down the street. There was always a garden in the backyard. Each year brought a new bounty of vegetables and of course, peaches. Every visitor got a tour of the crop and went home with a jar or bag of whatever was ripe. Along with the produce and a warm smile came a reminder that God is faithful. Arduth Farley, a farmer, forever sowing seeds in the soil and the soul. Graveside services will be held at 10 am, Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Joshua Memorial Park. Arrangements are being handled by Halley Olsen Murphy Funerals & Cremations , Lancaster.

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