Lyle Edward Farren
Lyle Edward Farren, 78, died August 12, 2018 at Villa St. Francis Catholic Care Center in Olathe, Kansas under the excellent final journey care of Catholic Community Hospice Care of Kansas.
He was born May 19, 1940 in Kansas City, Missouri, the eldest son of Lyle Colbert & Mary Elizabeth (Dickson) Farren. He was a lifelong Missouri resident. Lyle married Saundra Gail Gabbart (nee Hendrickson) of Belton, June 8, 1992. They married in Raymore.
Lyle worked for Southwestern Bell and American Telephone and Telegraph for about 35 years and he retired from the latter. He continued with telephone work for smaller companies. In 1963 he joined the United States Air Force Reserves; his assignment was flight line refueling and later he oversaw that along with base fueling. He left the reserves after approximately 14 years, as a Technical Sergeant E-7.
Lyle loved square dancing, round dancing, photography, working on computers, genealogy, and astronomy. Lyle and Saundra met at a square dance. He also enjoyed bingo and pot luck with Greenwood Senior Citizens and breakfast with former Allied Signal buddies. Lyle was diagnosed with Hepatitis C years many years ago, and Parkinson’s Disease in 2001.
Lyle was preceded in death by his father, November 1971 and his mother January 2007. He is survived by his wife, Saundra of the home, along with sons Roy C Farren, Harrisonville, Missouri and Mark Farren (Johnelle Spears), also of Harrisonville, Missouri; and step-son Andrew B (Jessica Elledge) Gabbart of Kissee Mills, Missouri; granddaughters Leeann V and Andrea M Farren both of Harrisonville; brothers John C (Marjorie “Marge” J Sandage) of Independence and Harold K (Linda Rosine) of Olathe, Kansas. Also surviving are niece Anjanette “Anjie” K Ralson (Aaron) and nephew James Colbert “Corey” (Heather A Jacques) Farren, three great nieces and two great nephews and his beloved Aunt Carolyne (Farren) and Uncle Don Franklin. Lyle is also survived by his in-laws James O “Buddy and Edna Lucille “Lucy” (Shanks) Hendrickson. Lyle leaves behind many cousins and many, many friends including square and round dancers, and he wanted to say he enjoyed dancing very much.
A benefit for Parkinson’s Disease will be held in Lyle’s honor on October 6, 2018 from 5-7 pm at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 11100 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kansas 66216. Please contact Saundra or Harold Farren for tickets for the benefit pancake supper provided by Chris Cakes. A brief Celebration of Life Service will be held. You are welcome to come visit with us if you don’t care for the pancake supper.