Obituary: Walter James ‘Jim’ McFarlane

Walter James “Jim” McFarlane, 80, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at his home.

He was born on April 22, 1937, in Newton, the son of Cecil D. and Hazel Irene Coulson McFarlane. Jim graduated from Newton High School in 1955. He married Nancy Ann Hogan on Jan. 24, 1956, in Newton.

Jim went to work for the City of Newton in 1961. He was a firefighter for 12 years, spending 11 years as the airport manager, returning to the Fire Department for another 15 years as a firefighter/EMT, retiring in 1998 as a Captain.

Jim served in the National Guard and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife Nancy of the home; three sons, Randall James McFarlane of Newton, Robert Michael McFarlane of Altoona, Iowa, and Ronald Lee McFarlane of Wichita; three daughters, Jamie Marie Wild of Lompoc, Calif., Stacy Diane Arellano and Jacqueline Kay Wedel, both of Newton; three sisters, Eleanor M. Sadowski of Holton, Jo Gheen of Redding, Calif., and Ann Brooks of Newton; 19 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; son Richard Scott McFarlane; twin infant daughters; brothers K.C. McFarlane and John “Jack” McFarlane; sister Katherine “Kay” Brown; son-in-law Jonathan Alexander Wild; daughter-in-law Billie Hamm McFarlane; and grandson Brian Scott Arellano.

The Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, with the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday, both at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Eastlawn Cemetery in Zimmerdale.

The casket will be open after 1 p.m. Thursday at the church.

A memorial has been established with the Brian Arellano Endowment Fund, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and Caring Hands Humane Society. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.

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Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.

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