Charlevoix County Veteran of the Month Gary Farmer

Vet Gary William Farmer 7-2018

The Veteran of the Month of July, 2018 is Gary William Farmer.

Born in East Jordan, Michigan on April 20, 1934 to parents Richard and Marguerite (Piggott) Farmer.


He attended East Jordan Schools through the 10th grade and immediately began working for the East Jordan Creamery until he was drafted into the United States Army on 4 December 1956.

He completed basic and advanced training at Fort Carson, Colorado and was reassigned to B company, 801st Engineer Battalion, Zweibrucken, Germany where he worked as a heavy equipment operator, building roads.

During his tenure overseas he also traveled to France. Farmer was awarded the Sharp Shooter (Carbine) and Good Conduct Medals.

On 24 November, 1958 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, Farmer honorably separated from Military Service with the rank of SP4/E-4, and was transferred to the inactive Army Reserve until 3 Dec 1962.

After returning home to East Jordan, Gary went back to working at the East Jordan Creamery for a short time before working for the Mt. Clemmons Metal Products factory in East Jordan from 1958-59.

On 18 February, 1959 in Boyne City, Michigan, he married Margaret L. Gannon.

They made their home at the Farmer Homestead in East Jordan. Gary was then hired by the East Jordan Iron Works where he worked in the Vehicle

Maintenance Shop retiring on April, 20, 1996 as Supervisor, and over 36 years working for the company.

Gary had five children, Kelly, Larry, Tom, Dianna and Amanda.

He enjoyed tinkering with trucks, tractors and also lawn mowers, and took pride in fixing or repairing almost anything mechanical for anyone.

He was also an accomplished gunsmith, and enjoyed building guns and shooting.

He also enjoyed gardening and had the most plentiful gardens which he shared his harvest with family, friends and neighbors.

On 21 July 2009, Gary William Farmer answered the final call and is being honored by his family.

To honor a veteran, call the program chairman at (231) 588-6067 or on Tuesdays call (231) 582-7811 between 3:30-8:30 p.m. The ceremony may be witnessed on the first Thursday of each month at The American Legion Post located on the corner of South Lake and Main streets in Boyne City, Mich. at 6:15 p.m.