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Ray E. McFarland, 81, of Raytown, Missouri (formerly of Kingsville) passed away on July 29, 2019. A visitation will be held at 10:00AM, on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Belton Restoration Branch, 16630 S Mullen Rd, Belton, MO 64012. A service will follow beginning at 11:00AM. Mr. McFarland was born on January 18, 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Ray graduated from Holden High School in 1956 where he participated in FFA and football. He was also a 4H leader in Woodworking 1 with the Helping Hands Chapter. On December 28, 1957 Ray married the love of his life, Sheila D. Kirkendoll and from this union they had four children. Ray was an elder at the Belton Restoration Branch and served as a missionary to England, Wales, Nepal, and Australia. Throughout his life he worked for Allis Chalmers of Independence, Missouri, Stahl’s Specialty Company of Kingsville, Missouri, and owned and operated McFarland Plumbing in Kingsville, Missouri. After Ray’s retirement, he went to work at Westlake Ace Hardware in Raytown, Missouri. During his time in Kingsville he served as the City Marshall, Water and Sewer Superintendent, and as a volunteer firefighter for many years. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family while camping and traveling.
He was preceded in death by his parents Bryce and Lou Ella McFarland, sister Judith McFarland Prince, brother Robert McFarland, granddaughter Chelsea Marie McFarland, two nephews and one niece.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Sheila McFarland, children; Jeffrey (Vickie) McFarland, Deborah (Dean) Francy, Kathryn Purcell, and Roderick (Louie) Martirez y McFarland, 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 4 great great grandchildren, and 7 nieces.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Special Olympics.