Paul W. Farmer

July 27, 1936December 13, 2013

Paul W. Farmer, 77, of Evansville, passed away Friday, December 13, 2013, at VNA Charlier Hospice Center. He was born July 27, 1936, in Salem, OH, to the late Clifford Y. and Ruth Ona (Baird) Farmer.

He graduated from Fairfield High School, and received a BA degree in Elementary Education from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio. He continued on to receive his MS degree in Curriculum from Indiana State University, as well as completing additional post-graduate work at Indiana University. Paul was married to Janice (Schmidt) Farmer on December 26, 1956; they were married almost 57 years. Ever the innovative and forward-thinking educator, Paul worked in many capacities throughout his career. He began as a devoted classroom teacher, and went on to accept a position as product manager for Science Research Associates in Chicago, IL. He was later employed as an Adjunct Professor at both Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada and the University of Southern Indiana. Ultimately, he served as an elementary school principal for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation for 25 years. He held that position at Lincoln, Stringtown, West Terrace, and Culver Elementary Schools. Paul leaves behind a legacy for the betterment of our area’s children.

Paul treasured time with his family and balanced it serving tirelessly as an outstanding community volunteer. His talents benefitted numerous organizations throughout the years including, Phi Delta Kappa (President), Youth Enrichment Services (Board), Hoyleton Home (President), Evansville Council of Churches (President), United Way, Patchwork Central (President), Evansville Campus Ministry (Board), Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville (Interim Director), Jacob’s Village (President), Junior Achievement (Education Director), Community of Churches (President), Westside Optimist Club (President), Youth Resources, United Neighborhoods of Evansville, Vanderburgh County First Steps, Community Diversity Network, Property Tax Appeal Board, Westside Improvement Association (President), and most notably, he served on the National PTA Board of Directors for ten years. Paul was also an ordained elder at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, German Township. Ever active in the church, his mission work included two trips to Sri Lanka to work with orphaned children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Ruth (Baird) Farmer; siblings, the Reverend Dr. Clifford Farmer, Martha (Farmer) Post and Hazel Farmer; and brothers-in-law, Arnold Schmidt and Al Post.

Paul is survived by his wife Janice; in-laws, Alfred and June (Schmidt) Spillman, Donna (Reynolds) Schmidt and Wilma (Fire) Farmer; sons, Terry (Denise) Farmer, Jody Farmer and Kip (Maria) Farmer; grandchildren, Jacob, Emily (Slade), Mitchell, Noah, James, Jackson, Elijah, Spence, Matthew, Wesley and Grace; great-grandchildren, Caleb and Natalie (Slade) and Theodore (Farmer); and nieces and nephews, by whom Paul was further blessed with an especially close relationship.

Memorial services will be 11:00 AM Friday, December 20, 2013, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, German Township, 8701 Big Cynthiana Road, officiated by Rev. Howie Tobak. Friends may visit Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family strongly encourages memorial contributions be made to Hoyleton Children’s Home, 350 North Main Street, Hoyleton, IL 62803, St. Paul’s UCC German Township of Evansville, or one of the many local charities touched by Paul’s dedication that support local children’s interests or our neighbors in need. Condolences may be made online at


  • Visitation Thursday, December 19, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, December 20, 2013

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Gail Riecken

January 5, 2014

I did not know Paul Farmer had passed until well after. I knew him as an educator and later as one of the strongest leaders of UNOE. He kept it afloat in its infancy and many of us will miss him personally and professionally. And, that includes me. My sincere condolences to you, his family.

Ron and Norma Faust

December 28, 2013

So sorry for your loss. You have our condolences.

Vicki Freeman Pugh

December 27, 2013

Mr. Farmer was a loving and caring educator. He served as a mentor and role model for many kids. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the Farmer Family as you remember this great husband, father and friend.

Joan (Sander) Tipple

December 26, 2013

Janice & extended family of Paul Farmer ~
My condolences on not only your loss, but the entire community of which Paul was a servant leader. His legacy will live on as he touched so many lives and lit so many sparks. God rest his soul. May you find peace and comfort in the fond memories of his dedicated life.

December 20, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. I was fortunate to have Mr. Farmer as my elementary school principal and continued to stay in touch with him during your time at Perry Heights. I have many fond memories of this. You are in my thoughts.

Stacey Wolf

Phil Hoy

December 19, 2013

My family and I will miss Paul. His life of service is wonderful and having him as a friend was a joy.
If the United Church of Christ had a way to canonize someone a lot of us would suggest Paul for such an honor.
We will be offering prayers for Paul's family.

Rev. Phil Hoy

Richard Steve Tipton

December 19, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your many, wonderful, memories of the precious years you shared together bring you comfort.

Cheryl Musgrave

December 19, 2013

Paul added so much to our community and touched the lives of many, including our family. He was the Principal at West Terrace when my children were young. Mr Farmer was so cool, he even allowed Bring Your Pet To School Day! We will miss his kind smile and ever-caring presence.

Christy Pursell

December 19, 2013

Janice, I'm sorry I did not have the pleasure of meeting you, but I did have the honor of being on the Hoyleton board when Paul was President. His compassion for children and his desire to help others was evident in the way he led our board and in all the work he did for Hoyleton. I know he will be missed but I'm sure his legacy will not be forgotten.

Janet Buente

December 19, 2013

"Well done thou good and faithful servant". Paul was ever and always a hard worker and an overachiever. He will be greatly missed. We worked together on various committees and lastly as the Association Visitors for the Evansville Tri-state Association. My thoughts and prayers go out to Janice, June, Al and the rest of the family.