Ross Farney, 81, of Cherry Street, died Sunday morning, Oct.
7, at St. Lukeís Hospital, Utica.
The funeral will be at 10:30
a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Lowville Baptist Church with Rev.
Anthony Bradseth, pastor, officiating. Burial with military
honors will follow the funeral service in the Apostolic
Christian Cemetery, Croghan.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10,
at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., 5702 Waters Road, Lowville.
Born July 29, 1931 at Idle Ease in Croghan, a son of the
late Webster Peter and Alvena Farney, he graduated in 1949
from Lowville Academy. While at Lowville Academy, Wilbur was
a Section III heavy weight wrestling champion in the
1948-1949 and 1949-1950 seasons, and was also a member of
the football team. He attended Cornell University, leaving
after one semester to care for his parents.
Mr. Farney served in the U.S. Army from October 23, 1952
until October 14, 1954, as an ambulance driver in
Following his service, Wilbur returned to the family farm,
and ran the farm along with his brother Herbert until
On June 29, 1957, he married Margaret Christine Sheppard in
Amelia County, Virginia. She died on March 11, 1963, during
the birth of their son, William Ross Farney. On October 21,
1965, he married Janet Marie Higgins in Arcade, NY. She died
on March 16, 1973. On February 12, 1976, he married Joan
Snyder Krug in Lyons Falls, NY. Joan died Jan. 7,
Wilbur became the manager of Lyng Lumber in 1976, and worked
there until his retirement in the 1990s.
Mr. Farney was a member of
Lowville Baptist Church. He was a member of B.P.O.E. 1605,
Lowville Elks Lodge, Lewis County Memorial Post 6912, VFW,
and Lowville American Legion Post 162. He was a past member
of Lowville Farm Bureau, and a member of the Railroad
Historical Society of NNY, and the Lewis County Citizenís
Wilbur was an avid fan of all
sports, particularly, South Lewis athletics.
He enjoyed golf and bowling. He also enjoyed spending time
at Effley Flow and traveling.
Wilbur was a man of great
faith, and loved people.
Wilbur was the father and step-father of Peter Wilbur and
Marie Farney of Bowie, MD; James Andrew Farney of
Belleville, NJ; Thomas Earl and Jennifer Farney of
Niskayuna, NY; A. Kenneth and JoAnn Krug of Rome, NY; and
Carol and David Szalach of Lyons Falls, NY. He is also
survived by a brother, Herbert Hoover and Berneda Farney;
and a sister, Janet Burnham, both of Lowville; seven
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews
A son, William Ross Farney, a brother, Paul Webster Farney,
twin sisters, Betty and Bessie Farney, and his
brother-in-law, Stewart Burnham, all died before him.
Contributions may be made to Lewis County Hospital
Foundation, Dialysis Fund, 7785 N. State Street, Lowville,
Condolences may be made
online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.
Information provided by Iseneker Funeral Home of Lowville and