Joseph W. McFarland

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Joseph W. McFarland

March 20, 1928 - November 27, 2018

Joseph W. McFarland Joseph W. McFarland, age 90, a long-standing resident of Traverse City, died peacefully at home Nov. 27, 2018. Joseph was born on March 20, 1928 in Valparaiso, Indiana, to David Eugene and Alice Pauline (nee Rader) McFarland.
Joseph served in the U.S. Navy.
He married Emaly J. Kleis on Sept. 5, 1953 in Traverse City at Trinity Lutheran Church, and they had two children, Clara and Deborah.
He was a member of the League of Silent Flight, flying remote control planes, and the Experimental Aircraft Association. Joseph was also a member of the Traverse City Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Jazz Quintet and was a bass player with numerous symphonies, big bands and jazz combos.
He enjoyed music, fly fishing, gardening, building soaring gliders, woodworking crafts, rabbit hunting and spending time with his family and friends.
Joseph is survived by his loving partner, Dolly Steed; daughters, Clara Jane (Thomas F.) Piecuch and Deborah Ann (James F.) Wojtysiak; sisters, Ruth Hilsmier, Audrey Demetre and Mary Johnson; grandchildren, Melissa Kavicky, Justin Wojtysiak, Joseph Wojtysiak, Emaly Piecuch and Tony Piecuch; great-grandchildren, Summer and Jayce Kavicky; and many loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Emaly J. (nee Kleis) McFarland.
Burial will be with his wife in Bingham Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude's Research Hospital.
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Published on December 2, 2018
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Pam (Bufe) Neuman
Dec 06, 2018
Sending prayers to you and your family Debbie. So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you with lots of wonderful memories.
Victor Fitz
Dec 05, 2018
Deb and Clara---On Sunday afternoon, Kevin Grueber texted Dave Sellke, Dave Garland and me regarding the death of your father. His precise words were: "Another one of our parents are homeward bound". Your dad was always kind to us kids, including Trinity youth activities just a few blocks north of the church. I can remember the intrigue of him building some sort of winged apparatus in your basement! Many years have passed, but the fond memories of those days and your parents remain. My dad and mom always spoke highly of your dad and your mom. Praying for both of you and your families. That the peace that passes all understanding be with you all. Philippians 4:7.