George T. McFarland, Jr.

March 24, 1928 - April 15, 2011

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George Thomas McFarland, Jr., age 83, of Kendallville passed away Friday, April 15, 2011, in Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville.

He was born March 24, 1928, in Toledo, Ohio, to George T. McFarland, Sr. and Margaret (Curran) McFarland. He graduated from Macomber High School in Toledo in 1945. He joined the U.S. Army January 1, 1945 and served as a duck boat driver with the 460th Transportation Corps Amphibian Truck Company through the end of WW II. He was discharged at Ft. Eustis, VA, May 1, 1947.

He married Nina R. Turner on March 1, 1957, in Angola, Indiana. She preceded him death on January 3, 1993.

Mr. McFarland was employed with the U.S. Postal Service where he worked in the Motor Vehicle Service Section. He retired in 1989 after 35 years of service. He was awarded a gold plaque membership in the One Million Mile Club for having no accidents during his employment.
George drove stock cars in his younger years and still enjoyed watching NASCAR. He enjoyed reading and loved having his grandchildren and great grandchildren visit his Walden Woods lakeside campsite in Steuben County.

Surviving are a son, Mark T. McFarland of Toledo, OH; stepchildren, Carol (Keith) Hart of Kendallville, IN, Patrick (Linda) Barrett of Charlotte, NC, and Colleen Barrett of Holly Springs, MS; step grandchildren, Kevin (Shaun) Hart of Clear Lake, IN, Craig (Janet) Hart of Wolcottville, IN, Bruce Hart of Kendallville, IN Jon Barrett of Gastonia, NC, Kelly (Andy) Hooper of Charlotte, NC, and Brooke Bodie of Glendale, CA; step great grandchildren, Alex Hart, Kaylie Hart, Wolcottville, IN, David Hart, Hannah Hart, Kendallville, IN Jared Sirk, Jacob Sirk, and Reagan Hart, Clear Lake, IN, Kasey Barrett, Jillian Barrett, Gastonia, NC, and Landen Brooks, Ansley Brooks, Charlotte, NC.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, half brother, Mel Shanklin; brother, Richard McFarland; and sisters, Catherine McFarland and Mary Blair.

Funeral services will be Monday, April 18, 2011, at 10 a.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville, with Rev. Dr. Robert Shriner of St. John Lutheran Church, Kendallville officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in Highland Memory Gardens in Waterville, Ohio.

Calling is Sunday, April 17, 2011, from 2 to 6 p.m. in the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the St. John Lutheran Church or Parkview Noble Hospice.

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Colleen Barrett
April 28th, 2011 3:35pm
Holly Springs, MS

Thank you all for your heatfelt words of encouragement, acts of loving kindness, and prayers in behalf of our family. I will miss my Dad's gentle kindness and great sense of humor. It has been our privelege to share him with so many appreciative friends and associates.

Wendell & Kaye White
April 20th, 2011 4:44pm
Wolcottville, IN

Dear Hart Family We are so very sorry for your loss. We know how much George will be missed. Take Care Love wendell & Kaye

Ed & Vera Cann & Family
April 18th, 2011 1:14pm

Our condolences to your family on losing George. He and Nina were good friends and neighbors at Walden Woods and we will miss him. Ed & Vera Cann & family

Tara Dzingleski
April 18th, 2011 10:06am
Midland, Michigan

I am honored to have known such a sweet and compassionate man for most of my life. My heart goes out to the McFarland family during their loss, and I will always remember Mr. McFarland with fondness and respect. Peace, love, and healing, Tara Dzingleski and family

Karl Sauer
April 17th, 2011 4:54pm
Riverside, CA

I want to send my heartfelt condolences to all who loved and cared about George. I will always remember George as a kind and caring husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. George loved kids and there was always many around for him to care for. I'm sure that they and all of us, who George touched throughout his long life, will sorely miss him. May he rest in pease.

Susan Grobis
April 16th, 2011 1:39pm
LaGrange Ind

Dear Dr. Hart, I was sorry to open the newspaper and read about your grandpa, I am glad you were at parkview noble on wed and took time out of your busy day to spend some time with him I bet he liked that. God Bless Susan Grobis