Joe Douglas Farris

January 11, 1938December 2, 2018

Joe Douglas Farris, age 80 of Beach Park. Born, January 11, 1938 in Elba, Alabama to the late Stephen and Julia Farris. Joe was a proud Navy Veteran, and owned Joe's Machine & Welding in Gurnee. Beloved husband of Judy for 38 years. Loving dad of Vicki Sturtevant, Christi Franklin, Juli (Kenneth) Kowalski, and Lori Farris. Dear grandpa of Amanda, Bryce, Anthony, Abby, Allison, Kathryn, Christopher, Melissa, and Mat. Survived by his sister Eunice Davis (of Elba, Alabama), and preceded in death by his siblings John, James, Lelton, Earl, Ruth, Nettie, David, Mary, and Cara Mae. He will be missed by numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. Joe was known for his compassion, and always was a gentle loving soul. A testament to that being that he kept in regular contact with his first wife, Carol Townsley, and her late parents Anthony and Helen Lutter. Visitation Friday 3-8 PM at Marsh Funeral Home, 305 N Cemetery Rd, Gurnee. Life Celebration Service will be Saturday at 12 PM at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville.


  • Visitation Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Life Celebration Service Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, December 8, 2018

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Lori Costain

December 4, 2018

I am so very sorry for your loss. When I had the privilege to met with Lori, Mr. and Mrs. Farris , I knew right away they were a warm, kind loving family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this difficult time. It was an honor to meet Mr. Farris and be a small part of his life. His memory will live on forever. With deepest sympathies, Lori Costain Client Care Coordinator for Home Instead Senior Care