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George Calvin VanFarowe, 88, of Traverse City, husband of Dorothy, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. He was born on April 1, 1929 in Williamson, New York, the son of Richard and Nella (Pyle) VanFarowe.
George grew up as a pastor's son and learned to love this life, yet live for the next. His steadfast interest in aviation led him to obtain his pilot license at 16.
After obtaining his master's degree for education, he spent a short time in the U.S. Army. Soon after, he met his lifelong bride, Dorothy, and settled into a career in the education field.
Throughout his life he embraced opportunities and enjoyed traveling both for enrichment and for various mission projects. He also loved ice cream and operated a "non profit" ice cream truck for many summers.
Once retired, he spent more winters in the south and more time on his ham radio.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Jean (Winstrom) VanFarowe, they were married on Aug. 17, 1957; children, Brian VanFarowe, Beth (William) Meade and Bruce (Pattra) VanFarowe; grandchildren, Kendall, Timothy, Chris, Marya, Adriaan and Dinsigh; and great-grandchildren, Vincent and Kira Meade.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at Faith Reformed Church. A light lunch will follow the service - sorry George, probably no ice cream.
Contributions may be made to Mission Aviation Fellowship.
Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guestbook and share your thoughts with the family.
Published on October 23, 2017
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