OBITUARY

Roger Stephen Farley

May 6, 1944April 9, 2019

On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Roger Stephen Farley, loving husband “Rog” to Renice, “Dad” to Ruey and Ryan, and “Papa” to Madeline, Ben, Kyle and Andrew, was suddenly taken to be with the Lord at the tender age of 74.

Roger was the fifth of eight children born to Elden Roger and Irene Collison Farley in Carroll, Iowa. The Farleys moved to Houston when Roger was a young boy. Roger attended Holy Ghost Catholic school and in first grade, met Renice Ann Kunzman. Little did they know, all those years climbing trees, riding bikes and collecting bugs would present as a foreword to a beautiful life.

Roger graduated in 1962 from Spring Branch High school where he was a cheerleader and accomplished swimmer and diver. Roger began his career in 1966 with Cameron Iron Works in the sales office of the Ball Valve Division, while attending the University of Houston at night. Roger’s assignments took him and his family to Beziers, Livingston and London. He traveled extensively to Asia, India and South America, earning his “million mile travel status” during the Iran/Iraq war and then in Kuwait. Roger retired from Cameron in 2011, after 45 years of service. Roger was an exemplary leader. Most would agree that Roger Farley was one of the most colorful, humorous and competent managers to ever grace the halls of Cameron. He was often heard answering his phone “Farley’s the name, sales is the game” or “Cooper Cameron, WKM, Demco, Orbit, Foster; aftermarket if you need it”. Known for his crazy quick wit, infectious, one-of-a-kind smile, positive outlook and caring spirit, Roger was so very much fun to be around. If you played a part in Roger’s life, you were more than likely his friend. He so appreciated and respected excellence, hard work and attention to detail. Roger took pride in his work, and in turn, celebrated it in others. Roger made you want to be better, but you knew he loved and appreciated you just the way you were. Roger was a very loyal friend and would always help in any way he could. He was so loved by his friends and family. Roger often assigned nicknames; if you had one, you were special, and it made you smile.

Roger had a passion for many things. The saying ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ never applied to Roger, as he was a master of whatever his beautiful and gentle hands touched. He was in constant motion, always a project somewhere to be completed. If it was broken, just give it to Papa. It would be only a matter of time before it was made better than it was before; never needing to go on the “world wide web” to look it up to figure out how it needed to be done.

While most of us thought about it, Papa was making it happen. Roger loved his clocks, which kept time with precision. Roger was sentimental by nature; he dated everything. His common sense was unparalleled. Never without a diet Pepsi in his Styrofoam cup, his signature knock on the window with his Cougar class ring will forever ring in our ears.

Roger loved spending time in Jamaica Beach, TX, watching sunsets over the bay, from the house he so beautifully cared for. He’d often say “I’m goin’ fishin’”, but there was usually a chore or project he’d complete instead. He was a hard worker, a proud American, said a prayer before every meal and made his bed every morning. No one could make buttered popcorn, a sandwich or an ice cream cone like Papa.

No passion, however, was as great as the love Roger had for his family. Renice, that little girl he met in first grade, would become “his bride” in 1967, and he would lovingly refer to her as such for 52 years. He loved her so. Their daughter Ruey, was born in 1969 and son Ryan, in 1974. Roger changed diapers (before it was cool), coached little league and attended all of their swim meets and tennis matches, built go-karts and suffered through allergies, after it was determined he was allergic to “Jessie”, the family Golden Retriever and Macintosh, aka “Mac” the cat. There was never an event or project important to his family that Dad didn’t devote his time, talents or treasure toward.

The lights of Roger’s life were his grandchildren; Madeline Marie Garvis, Benton Roger Stephen Garvis, Kyle John Randal Garvis and Andrew Joseph Farley. Roger adored every aspect of fatherhood and Papahood. He was at every single event, whether behind the scenes, in the audience, teaching, tinkering, cheering from the stands, shuttling to and from, waving from the sidelines, making impromptu drives through the drive through, asking for their autographs, or yelling from the court. His love and pride often moved him to tears, and that was okay with him.

Roger was a gentle soul, the life force of his family. He will be greatly missed, forever, until we meet again. Roger is preceded in death by his father, Elden, his mother, Irene, and his brothers Arthur, James and David. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 52 years Renice; his daughter, Ruey Farley Garvis and husband, Matthew; his son, Ryan Joseph Farley; his grandchildren, Madeline Garvis, and fiancé, Jerred Smith, Ben Garvis, Kyle Garvis and Andrew Farley; his brother, Mark Farley; his sisters, Cora Bartholomew, Cathy Anderson and husband Gary; Barbara Wolf and husband Reinhart; sister-in-law, Harriette Farley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A praying of the rosary will be held Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 from six to eight o’clock p.m. with the rosary starting at seven o’clock in the evening at Earthman Funeral Directors, Katy Freeway. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at St. Michael the Archangel on Sage Road at ten o’clock in the morning.

In lieu of flowers, please make a gift to the charity of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation with the family Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Rosary Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, April 17, 2019
REMEMBERING

Roger Stephen Farley

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Pat Purvis

April 18, 2019

Many years have passed since Roger and Renice came into my life. Roger and my husband, George or "G" as Roger called him worked together at Cameron Iron Works starting in the late 1960's. We met as couples before kids, rejoiced in the births of our children and remained friends throughout my husband's career at Cameron. I have so many fond memories of times spent together, in particular an unforgettable road trip to Lafayette, Louisiana. Roger was indeed the life of the party and a true friend. I know that he and George are now reunited in their heavenly home and sharing laughter and smiles as they watch over their families. My love and deepest sympathy, Pat Purvis

Rose Goldman

April 18, 2019

I would like to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. I met Roger when I started working at Cameron in 74. He was a joy to work with, he had a vivacious personality. Exceptional wit and sincere kind heart. He will be missed by many.
My Prayers are with you,
Rose Barrett Goldman

Ron Manson

April 16, 2019

Roger was truly one of a kind and will be missed by us all. Hopefully these memories will make his loss more bearable for the Renice and his family.
Roger brought many gifts over to Scotland for our son, Stephen. What is interesting is that Tricia and I do not recall him ever saying his middle name was also Stephen. On one occasion we could not find Ninja Turtles for love nor money. Roger scoured Houston and found not only Ninja Turtles but the large ones which he brought over to Scotland and saved Christmas. Roger had visited our house a number of times and was even left to bath Stephen. Alas Stephen who is now 33 does not remember this kind gentleman.
Another memory was my first visit to Houston. Roger had arranged for me to get a pool car but before he would let go off on my own he took my out driving since I had never driven on the right. In true Roger fashion of sink or swim, we left the 290 building and headed down in to 610. I should mention it was rush hour and he had me crossing all the lanes back and forward. Upon asking him if he knew where was going , he said he was just pushing me to see if I could handle the traffic. We both survived but it truly taught me about Houston traffic.
I also remember another remarkable time during the Iran/Iraq war. We had a project in Iraq which was being constructed by the Russians. Some the equipment got damaged in transit. I should mention this was during the cold war era and non of us would go. Roger called us a bunch wussies and headed in to Iraq and the war zone. He showed the Russians I assume using a lot of sign language and gesturing that the damage was their fault. He helped the Russians repair the piping on the actuators and resolved another issue and flew out safely to our astonishment.
There was no stopping Roger when he had idea in head. Although typically on a mission he was kind person and was always there if you needed help. A true Southern Gentleman.
Ron Manson

Chen Fan

April 16, 2019

When I first time came to Houston for business trip, I received your warm reception and hospitality , pickup, shopping, dinner, NASA, Kemah, and all of these good memories still are vivid in my mind, now I got the job transfer by Cameron and immigrate to Houston , I thought one day I will visit you but I'm very sorry I have missed that day, you are my best mentor , all your Beijing Friends love you very much, we hope you always rests in peace!!!

Chen Fan (Cherry)

Randall Roberts

April 16, 2019

Roger was a great guy. We always enjoyed his visits (sales calls) to our company. His couple of visits, we coincidentally were about to place stock orders, so we just gave the orders to Roger since he was there. Next time he came, we had no order for him. He just poured himself a cup of coffee and said “I will be in your lobby until you prepare an order” . Of course, we thought he was joking. A few hours and many cus of coffee, he was still there. We finally broke down and gave him a purchase order so he could go home.
After that, we always had an order ready when we knew Roger was coming!

Willy Findlay

April 16, 2019

Roger was certainly one off a kind !
To me he was a friend ,mentor , travel companion and confidant. He always had a kind word of encouragement,and nothing was too much trouble for him . He was a true people’s person and will be sadly missed by all whose lives he touched in so many ways .
Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
A true gentleman
Willy and Marion Findlay from Scotland

Rock G

April 15, 2019

Rog
So appreciated your wit and sarcasm. You always made me chuckle or laugh even on the very bad days at the office. I will always thank you for having that trait. You walk easy and carefree now big guy

Rock

Chen Fan

April 15, 2019

From Lauren Zhang (Cameron Beijing, China)

Roger impressed me a lot, every time mention him, I always think of that big boy who is warm-hearted, optimistic, earnest and a little naughty. It hurts me a lot when I think of his passing. I hope he always rests in peace.

Chen Fan

April 15, 2019

From Peter Liu (Beijing, China)

My time with Roger was memorable. Our time together was full and happy! We broke the ice together with Cameron's business in China. We won the West East Pipeline Project together! I still have a pair of golf shoes in the garage at home for Roger...He had rich professional experiences and humorous sales talents . He was one of my most trusted friends and mentors. I felt sorrow for his leaving.

Chen Fan

April 15, 2019

From Mark Zhang ( Cameron Beijing, China)

"Roger is the name, Sales is my game." This was told to me by Mr. Rogers when I first met him. Mr. Rogers led a natural and unrestrained life, I believe he would be the same way when he gets to heaven .

FROM THE FAMILY