Charles Farber Jr.

June 1, 1944September 10, 2020

Charles “Chuck” Farber, Jr. (aka “CJ”)

The Man, The Myth, The Legend.

Chuck was called home unexpectedly on September 10, 2020 at 76 years young.

The mold was shattered on June 1st, 1944 when he came into the world. To quote George Thorogood, we believe it went something like this. “On the day I was born, the nurses all gathered 'round. And they gazed in wide wonder at the joy they had found. The head nurse spoke up and said ‘leave this one alone’. She could tell right away that I was bad to the bone!” Chuck lived life to the fullest, never took any guff from the heartless, and protected those in need. To his family, he was the protector, the fixer, the listener, the comforter, THE ROCK.

He was Big brother to Lawrence Farber, Joyce Muratella, Delores Campbell all of Lincoln NE and survived his younger brother, Larry Farber. Chuck attended the school of hard knocks and graduated with honors. Married to Karen Kay Kalkwarf on May 9th, 1964 he enjoyed his honeymoon in Crete jail for playing chicken on the railroad tracks with the wedding party hours after the ceremony.

Chuck went on to create, as he often said, “his greatest accomplishments in life”, his children; Rick (Pam) Farber of Kiowa, CO, Tracy Carter of Bennett, CO and Shelly Anderson of Elizabeth, CO. He was an Honorary father to Teresa McDonald and Terry Belka. He was absolutely a hands-on father; fiercely overprotective and unapologetic about it. He gave his children a strong work ethic and showed them the importance of a hard day’s work and equally important the reward of a crazy, fun filled night out. Chuck ruled with a firm hand and an even softer shoulder. His world revolved around his children, until his grandchildren came along.

Chuck was “Papa” to CaSarah (Brett) Miller of Gilbert, AZ, Josie (Matt) Kincaid of Windsor, CO, Kelsey Kay Smilanic (Nate) of Elizabeth, CO and Cortney Jo aka CJ (Zach) Moye of Rush, CO. Chuck’s children were his world but his grand babies were his universe. When they were little, he would drive from North Platte to Grand Island every Saturday morning just to spend time with each of them. He would bring them donuts, a stick of gum and a dollar bill, plus tons of hugs and kisses. Throughout the years he made it to every single event, game, and concert that he could. He loved them with every ounce of his being and they loved him with that same passion.

Chuck said many times his greatest reward in life and who he was most thankful for were his Great-Grand Children. Aria Rikki Miller, Easton Ty Moye, Cash Joseph (CJ) Smilanic and Riggin Charles Moye. How many namesakes can one man have?

After suffering 3 major heart attacks over thirty years ago, he was given 3 years to live. Walking to the mailbox was to be his goal and not lifting over 20 lbs was his restriction. After 2 months he was carrying around the 2 grandchildren he had at the time and he was back to work and his usual shenanigans shortly after. Chuck realized his blessing and was so deeply grateful for being able to meet, know and love his great grandbabies. Absolutely nothing meant more to him than this.

Chuck was a family man first and foremost. He never took a sick day in his entire career until his hospital stay. He worked at Geer Mobile Homes, working his way to foreman, for many years before starting at the Union Pacific Railroad as a plumber/pipe fitter where he worked his way up to Head of Waterworks before his retirement.

Chuck was “good time Charlie” to some and “my best friend” to others and everyone knew what category they fell into. To know him was to love him. And to those he loved the most, he was “PAPA.”

To quote what we found hand written on the first page of his bible. “Be there on the other side.”

Celebration of Life will be held September 26th, 2020 in Elizabeth CO. Please call or text Shelly at 720-641-7114 for details.

In Lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made to First Advantage 4532 McMurray Avenue, Suite 100 Fort Collins, CO 80525; Direct Contact 970-506-1348 Matt Kincaid or Main line 970-204-0450. These funds will be used for a memorial bench at his favorite restaurant Patty Ann’s in Kiowa CO for his many friends and family to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee with him. Remaining funds will be donated to his favorite church Save the Cowboy in Kiowa CO.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Susan & Jeff Kincaid

September 19, 2020

This is how I remember Josie’s grandpa Chuck. He always had a big smile on his face and ready for great conversation! He was the biggest fan of my cake pops. He was just the sweetest guy. He will be dearly missed by his friends and family.

Bill and Donna Moye

September 17, 2020

Although we only knew Chuck for a short time, we learned very quickly what a special man he was. You could see right away that he was about FAMILY. His sense of humor made everyone laugh and he will be forever missed. God bless him and our condolences to his entire family

Katie Marincin

September 17, 2020

We just moved into this neighborhood in July and Chuck was the first one to welcome us with arms wide open. He met us at the mailbox a few times to chat and always said hello. He was always so friendly. Our condolences to the entire family.

Michelle Farber-Ackerman

September 17, 2020

Aunt Karen, Rick, Tracy, Shelly and Family,

We are terribly heartbroken about the news of Uncle Chuck's passing. He was such a loving, fun uncle and one heck of a good guy. Although I didn't get to see him as much in my adult life, I have so many fond memories of him and all of you when we'd visit Grand Island or you'd visit Lincoln.

May God wrap his arms around you all and give you some comfort.

With sincerest condolences,
Michelle Ackerman (Lawrence Farber's daughter)

Alan Weiss

September 15, 2020

Dear Rick and Pam,

With heartfelt condolences. I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.


Alan Weiss

Jim Yourishin

September 15, 2020

Rick, I'm sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to lose a parent, It is never easy to lose anyone.

Rachel Luehrmann

September 14, 2020

Rick & Pam,
We are sorry to hear about your loss.
You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Your ADT Family


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