Ronald Willis (Ron) Farmer was born in Topeka on Sept. 29, 1955, son of Ted and Alice Farmer and brother of Bob Farmer. Ron was baptized in Trinity Swedish Lutheran Church Topeka, and confirmed in the first United Methodist Church of El Dorado.
Ron’s early schooling was in El Dorado where his naturally friendly personality was a joy to his classmates and many friends. He was an Assistant Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol leader of Boy Scout Troop 222, was on the tennis team and in summer vacations worked for Ernest Reed at Reed Chevrolet and Bill Isaac at the Ford Agency. During those years he was the one person that friends would ask about cars because of his thorough knowledge of the subject.
Ron’s college years were at Pittsburg State University where in 1977 he received his BS degree in Automotive Technology and Computer Science. Upon graduation, Ron was married to Sharon Harp, daughter of Dean and Lois Harp of Neodesha, Kan. He then took a job with NAPA Auto Parts and moved to San Antonio, Texas. Later, in 1986 Ron purchased a NAPA Store in Burnet, Texas, where he soon became a well liked individual in the business and professional activity of that city. Then in 1993 a west Texas oil man made an offer for his store he could not refuse so he began working for a chemical specialty company, ATMI, then building a plant in Burnet. His work ethic and thorough study of that business led to increasingly higher level positions until he became responsible for moving ATMI chemicals to companies making silicon chips throughout the world.
Ron left this life on Feb. 22, 2013 when he suffered a sudden illness at his home on Quail Hill Drive near Burnet. He is greatly missed by his family and his friends.
Survivors include: wife, Sharon Farmer of the home; parents, Ted and Alice Farmer of El Dorado; brother and wife, Bob and Nancy Farmer of Bartlesville, Okla.; parents-in-law, Dean and Lois Harp of Neodesha; sister-in-law and husband, Deanna and Matthew Brown of Washington, D.C.; niece and husband and great nephew, Jamie and Travis White and Owen of Tulsa, Okla.; and nephew and wife, Tom and Christy Farmer of Broken Arrow, Okla.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Burnet First United Methodist Church. Burial followed at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park just outside of Burnet.
Arrangements made by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home Burnet, Texas, www.clementswilcoxburnet.com.