Michael Gaston “M.G.” O’Farrell, Jr., 88, of Mountain Grove, Virginia, passed away Sunday, September 2, 2018 at Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
He was born January 3, 1930 in Hot Springs, Virginia, the son of Michael G. O’Farrell, Sr. and Evelyn Blanche Fisher O’Farrell. He was married to his wife, Janice Ryder O’Farrell for over 59 years. They were married August 2, 1959 at The Mountain Grove Methodist Church.
Retiring from Westvaco Corporation in Covington, VA in 1989, he returned to his beloved family farm in Mountain Grove. M.G.’s passion was flying, and he, as an instrument rated pilot, flew many trips all over the United States and Canada.
M.G. was a graduate machinist of Hower Vocational School and East Akron High School in Akron, Ohio. While serving four years in the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command, he spent 14 months at Boston University and one year at The University of Illinois.
Surviving are his wife Janice; a son Michael G. O’Farrell, III and wife Carolina of Clifton Forge, Virginia, a daughter Linda O’Farrell Kurz and husband Mark of Gainesville, Virginia; three grandchildren, Haley, Jack, & Charlie Kurz of Gainesville; a brother- in- law Ray Ryder and wife Collie of Mountain Grove; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia O’Farrell Johnsson and her husband Thomas C. Johnsson.
A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 7, 2018 at the Mountain Grove Cemetery with Revered Dick Boyer officiating. Pallbearers will be Pete Byers, Robert Campbell, John Roberts, Chester Smith, Jack Kurz, Charlie Kurz.
The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at McLaughlin Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Janice O’Farrell, 5792 Mt. Valley Road, arm Springs, Virginia 24484.
Uncle Mike was a truly unique and wonderful person! He and his sister (my Mom) were two amazing people, and their lives touched so many people in good ways. I cherish the memories of visiting him, Aunt Janice and Linda and Michael during our visits growing up. We will really miss you Uncle Mike!