Robert (Bob) Neal Farquharson, 92, of Plano, formerly of Henrietta, passed away on Aug. 5, 2012 in Plano.
Funeral Services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the First Baptist Church of Byers with Rev. Ken Johanan officiating. Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery in Byers, under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Henrietta.
Mr. Farquharson was born June 11, 1920, in Salamanca, N.Y. to Fred and Margaret Farquharson. After graduating from Bradford High School, he served in World War II from 1942 to 1946 in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a glider pilot and in the 2nd Air Force Finance Department. He worked as an assistant bookkeeper at Miller Lumber Company in Bradford, two years as sales engineer at Lyon Metal Products. He joined the W.R. Case Cutlery Company as a salesman in 1954 and progressed to sales manager, vice president of sales, and president and chief operating officer. In 2002, Mr. Farquharson was inducted as a Case Legend. He retired from Case Cutlery in 1982, moving to Henrietta, where his wife, Fay Ruth Harding Farquharson was from.
He served on the board of directors for Swingline, Inc. and served as president and board member of the American Cutlery Manufacturing Assoc., Bradford Chamber of Commerce, Bradford Area United Way, Pennhills Club, Bradford Hospital and the Bradford Club. Bob served on a committee sponsored by the Dept. of Commerce to analyze the domestic cutlery industry and was one of five individuals sent to Europe and England on a fact finding mission for the U.S. Dept. of Commerce on foreign cutlery production. After relocating to Henrietta he was chairman of the Clay County Republican Party.
He met Fay Ruth Harding while attending glider training in Lubbock, and she was attending Texas Tech. They married in December 1943. Fay Ruth passed away a year ago.
He is preceded in death by a sister, Shirley O’Neill of Pomona, Calif.; and a brother, Rex Farquharson of Grand Island, N.Y.
He is survived by a daughter, Dawn Stewart of Flower Mound; and one granddaughter.
Visitation will be held at the Davis Funeral Home Tuesday night from 6-8 p.m.
Memorials can be made to the Glider Pilot Silent Wings Museum, 6202 N. Interstate 27, Lubbock, Texas 79403; to the First Baptist Church of Byers, P.O. Box 287 Byers, Texas 76357 or the Clay County Jail Museum, 116 N. Graham St., Henrietta, Texas 76365.