Raymond “Keith” Farmer, age 79, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021, at his home. He was born December 21, 1941, in Lockwood, Missouri, the son of John Howard Farmer and Helen Edith Sorden Farmer. He graduated from the Lockwood High School and later went on to study at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. He was drafted into the United States Army where he was stationed in Germany. Keith always had an interest radio and served as a radio operator while in the service. He continued to have a love for radio until his death. Keith had worked in the printing industry for the majority of his life. He had worked at Witt Printing in Eldorado Springs, Missouri and later for Master Printers and Mid-America Business Forms in Ft. Scott. The last thirty years of his printing career were spent at Sekan Printing in Ft Scott. Keith married Marsha Stewart on September 3, 1982, at Ft. Scott. Keith enjoyed talking to and telling stories with his friends. He enjoyed crafting walking sticks. He also liked to cook and will be remembered for his homemade bread. On occasion, he helped bake bread in the bakery at the Ft. Scott National Historic Site.
Survivors include his wife, Marsha, of the home; two daughters, Candice Bland and Kyle, of Eldorado Springs, Missouri and Kristal Wood and husband, James, of Ft. Scott and four grandchildren, Camille Bland, and Cainen, Lincoln and Landon Wood. Also surviving are two sisters, Joyce Zinchuck and Linda Bennett, both of Eldorado Springs. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Following cremation, Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct a graveside service at 11:00 A.M. Friday, July 23rd at the U. S. National Cemetery. Family and friends may meet on Friday at the Cheney Witt Chapel prior to leaving for the cemetery at 10:45 A.M. Military honors will be provided at the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Thursday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Care to Share and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.
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