Tom Farney Sr.

tom farney sr.

Thomas "Tom" Farney, Sr., 64, Fargo, passed away peacefully at Essentia Hospital on Sunday, February 20, 2011.

Tom was born on February 18, 1947 in Fargo, ND to Russell and Stella (Parks) Farney.  Tom attended school in Fargo.  After graduation Tom pursued his career in business where his passion for cars led to his 27 years in the auto parts industry with O'Reilly's Auto Parts, Moorhead, MN.

Tom enjoyed being at the lakes, working on cars, and spending time with his family.

Tom's loving spirit, strength, and faith got his family and friends through many difficult times.

Tom is survived by his 3 children, Patty Schnabel, Houston, TX, Thomas Farney, Jr., Fargo, ND, James "Duke" (Teri) Farney, Eagle, CO; former wife, Mary Henley, Fargo, ND; siblings, Joan (Alvin) Hagen, Kerkhoven, MN, James Farney, Fargo, ND, Marilynn Kohler, Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Stephanie and Justin Schnabel; 16 nieces and nephews.

Tom also leaves behind his loving girlfriend, Marlys Paulson, Fargo, ND; her 2 children, Rich Paulson, Fargo, ND, Wanda (Arland) Bryjlson, Fargo, ND; her 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Stella (Parks) Farney.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Fishing for Life - c/o Renewing Hope Resources 3015 13th Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55407 (an organization that provides fishing opportunities for under served youth)

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  1. Fargo N.D
    .Hi Tom
    I miss you so very much. My love goes with you. We had a lot of years together, you were suppose to be here so we could get the cabin done and then go fishing, remember we were going to take your new water camera and see how many fish were really down there. I love you baby.

  2. Gainesville VATom, I will always remember your smiling face and kind words you always had to share with me. As a young girl (30 years ago), I remember having to take off my shoes to ride in your camero – thinking of that makes me smile!

    Tom, Patty, Duke and Teri: I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I know this is a difficult time for all or you and will pray for your entire family. I’m sorry I was unable to attend the funeral but will be thinking of you all.

  3. West Fargo ND
    To the Farney Family:

    I was so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I was on my way to Canada at the time and didn’t get back until Thursday afternoon. I would’ve liked to been back for the memorial services to honor Tom for the gifts he gave all of us who came to know him. I will always remember dropping by the cabin on Krystal and being welcome to stay and fish or just socialize. Tom was one of my first mentors while I worked at Champion Auto and he taught me many things about Camaros while hanging out in Jr’s garage. He was a great man with many special gifts. I will miss him.

    Nolan Carlson

  4. Fargo ND
    Jr and Duke, Im was so very sorry to hear of your Dads passing. He was truly a fun loving guy who always had a quick smile every time I saw him! I feel lucky to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys and your families during your time of loss.

  5. Fargo ND
    We will always remember that great times we had at the cabin. We will miss you and think back at the times of camping out at the cabin and boating around Crystal Lake.
    You brought a lot of joy and good times to everyone who knew you and will be deeply missed.
    Prayers to to all the Farney family and Marlys. He will always be in our hearts.

  6. Fargo North Dakota
    To Tom’s family. I was so shocked and deeply saddened by you’re father’s passing! He was and will, always be a wonderful person! His laughter, caring, and humor, will be missed, but will always be with everyone who knew him! He was so proud of his family! No matter what he was doing, he’s stop in a second, if his family needed him! I will miss him dearly! My thoughts and prayer’s are with you at this difficult, and very sad time! He is a true inspiration, to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing you’re dad! He will be so missed! May God watch over and take care of you, in this time of sorrow!

  7. Grand Forks ND
    58201To Duke, Teri, Marlys and all Farney family. My deep sadness for you and your family. Tom was such a wonderful person, I know his loss will be great. My prayers are with you.

  8. Thief River Falls MN
    Tom, Duke, Teri, and Family,
    Although no words can really help to ease your loss, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.

  9. Fargo ND
    Uncle Tom,

    You will be truly missed and we love you more than you know. You left us with a lot of smiles and happy times. Your love will continue to touch all those who had the honor of knowing such a wonderful man like you.

    God bless all of you in this difficult time.

    Melody, Marcus, Alex, Brock and Kris

  10. Lake Park MN
    Dear Farney Family: So very sorry to hear of Tom seniors death: although I did not know him personally I feel like Tommy was a 2nd son, so many memories of the boys playing hockey together. We all will keep the whole family in our prayers
    The DeMars

  11. Mary Kay and I will always hold Tom in a special place in our hearts. God bless him and all the Farney’s.

    We will see you all on Wednesday.

  12. dent mnTom will be missed very much by everyone at Goodman’s Supermarket in Vergas. He was a very dear friend to this community. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Sincerely Ron, Barb, Scott, David, Theresa, Lynnae empolyees at goodman’s

  13. moorhead mni’ve know Tom for many years he always did what he could too get the customer what they needed i can still see his brown camero he will be truely missed!

  14. Fargo ND
    Sorry to here of Toms passing he was a big personality with a giant heart and will be remembered with a smile our thoughts and prayers are with the family

  15. Fargo My deepest sympathy goes out to you all with Tom’s passing. There are so many memories from growing up and much laughter Tom was an amazing man and his legacy will live on forever in those of us so very blessed to have known him. May the memories you have sustain you through this difficult time. From the entire Rodlund family we send you our thoughts, prayers, hugs and love. God Bless – Cindy

  16. Sun City AzWhat moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why he left this earth so soon, or why he left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that he died, but that he lived. That his life gave us memories too beautiful to forget. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time.

  17. Fargo ND
    Teri and Duke, so sorry to hear about your Father passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  18. Thief River Falls MnSo sorry to hear of the Passing of Tom Sr, He was full of life and will be missed. Thinking of your family at this time.

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