Arthur Weight Farris (Dub) passed away on September 3, 2020, at the age of 95. He was born September 26th, 1924, to Wilbur S. Farris and Mary McFarland Farris. Dub and his eight brothers and sisters grew up on a farm outside of Boonville during the Great Depression. Hard work and tough times molded Dub into the frugal do-it-yourself person that marked his entire life. Dub graduated from Boonville High School in 1941 and went to work in the stockyards of St. Louis.
As a member of the Greatest Generation, Dub served in the 32nd Division of the 3rd Army during World War II. Along with his platoon, he fought his way onto several South Pacific islands which culminated in McArthur’s return to the Philippines. Dub later participated in the occupation of Japan. He always enjoyed his reunion meetings with his Army buddies who gave him the nickname “Pop.”
After the war, he returned to Boonville, got a job at Lloyd Geiger’s warehouse and married his sweetheart, Dorothy Rae Prewitt in 1946. They were married 72 years and were parents to three children: Artie, Trish and Linda. He was involved in his children’s lives from athletics and school activities in the early years to house painting and leaf raking in their adult lives. He was blessed with two grandchildren, Stephanie and Lynley, and enjoyed their phone calls and visits, especially in his later years after Dorothy passed away in 2018.
Dub worked for Lloyd Geiger from 1946-1986. He helped Mr. Geiger start Gygr Gas Company and served as its manager. Gygr Gas served hundreds of customers in the Mid-MO area and Dub knew most of them by name.
Dub was a natural athlete and loved sports. For many years the softball team sponsored by Gygr Gas won the city championship. He managed Artie’s Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball teams. Dub grew up listening to Cardinal baseball on the radio and was a fan all of his life. Dub was an excellent golfer, won several club championships, had two holes in one and a double eagle. He and Dorothy were a formidable couple on the golf course, winning golf events on a regular basis.
Dub is survived by his children, Art Farris (Becky) Springfield, MO, Trish Amstutz (Stan) Winter Haven, Florida, and Linda Farris, Boonville, who helped take care of him in his declining years. He has two surviving siblings, Mary Jane Medlin, Springfield, MO and Wilbur Farris (Bec) Boonville and granddaughters Stephanie Young (John), Overland Park, KS and Lynley Farris, Baton Rouge, LA. He is also survived by a large extended family.
A private graveside family ceremony will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Honor Flight of Central MO, Box 334, Columbia, MO 65203 or to the First Baptist Church of Boonville.
He has fought the good fight, he has finished his course, he has kept the faith. 2Tim 4:7
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