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Jack Lee Farmer, age 89, of Wayland, MI, passed away, Thursday, June 29, 2023. He was born December 11, 1933, in DeKalb, IN, an only child to Clifford and Wanda (Brandon) Farmer. Jack attended Otsego Public Schools and was very proud to be an Otsego Bulldog. He married the love of his life, (Stella) Marie Lewis, on January 14, 1955, renewing their vows for their 50 th anniversary. They settled locally in Wayland, and raised four sons: Gregory, Jack, Randy, and Dennis. Jack was a loving husband, father, and son; he loyally picked up his widowed mother every Sunday for family dinners at his home. Jack was employed by General Motors Stamping Plant, 36th St., Wyoming, MI, for 26 years, retiring in 1991. After retirement, he volunteered for the Leighton Township Fire Department; in 2017, he was recognized with much fanfare for his many years of service. He also enjoyed time spent at Ron’s Towing, where he would have his daily coffee and chat about what’s happening in the community. Every one that knew Jack knew he was meticulous about mowing his lawn, waxing his vehicles, and keeping his possessions in pristine condition. He loved playing with his toys; voluntarily plowing snow for friends and family just to stay out longer; proudly driving his convertible in parades with the grandkids; taking his boat out for fishing; and snowmobiling; and never missed an opportunity to show off his driving talents. He was an avid NASCAR fan, Dale Earnhardt was his favorite. He frequently took long drives to pop in on friends and family, regularly stopping in to talk gears with the Gun Lake Boys at the “Bike Barn”. He was always eager to share a story about mopar and muscle, and followed up with an I-told-you-so grin and a twinkle in his eye, whenever he had the opportunity to show you first hand.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Wanda; parent in-laws: Theodore and Margarett Lewis; sibling in-laws: Harold and Norma Lenz; Jack Mead and Delores Engle; Larry and Patricia Wolthuis; (Emery) Ben Lewis; and Nancy LaFountain.

Jack is survived by (Stella) Marie, his wife of 68 years, and their four children: Gregory Farmer (Delton, MI), Jack and Betty Farmer (Wayland, MI), Randy and Margie Farmer (Dorr, MI), and Dennis Farmer and Denise Clelland (Hopkins, MI). Also surviving are twelve grandchildren: Nicole, Jack, Angela, Amanda, Stephanie, Rachael, Clifford, Ryan, Rabeca, Bobbi, Kati, and Tommy; twenty-seven great grandchildren; and three great, great grandchildren.

Please join us to celebrate Jack’s life on Sunday, July 23, 2023, at the Wayland VFW post #7581, from 1-4 p.m.

If you would like to make a memorial contribution, please consider the Leighton Township Fire Department and their first responders, or a charity of your choice.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Jack’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Alix Chachulski on July 3, 2023 at 11:24 pm

    Jack, you were one of a kind! Thank you for always meticulously plowing our driveway. Your infectious spirit will live on through your amazing family. Rest well.

  2. Laurie A McMann on July 4, 2023 at 1:32 pm

    From the Doublestein family what a devistating loss for all of us. Your family is in our prayers and in our condolences. Please share this with the whole family. Jack & Marie were part of the family and so were the kids. Jack was a strong individual who went through a great deal so he could be here with all of us for as long as he could. He loved his family and the people who touched his life. He was truely a strong representative of God. Our prayers for blessing for the whole family and may Jesus walk with all of you through your lives. Jack & Marie and family will always be in our hearts!!!!!

  3. Kathy Chachulski on July 4, 2023 at 4:10 pm

    My sympathy to the whole family.
    I knew Jack and Marie through other family members. Especially Marie. God bless you all
    Kathy Chachulski

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