Keith & Keith Funeral Home

902 West Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA


Ernest Raymond Farren

May 4, 1928September 13, 2015

Ernest Raymond Farren died Sunday, September 13, 2015. Known as both Ernie and Ray to friends and family, he was a truly great, brilliant, and compassionate man. Ernest was born May 4, 1928 in Odon, Indiana. At the age of two, he moved with his parents, Lena Mae (Blevens) Farren and Alva Laverne Farren, to Prosser, Washington, and within a short time the family moved to Yakima. Because of the war effort, Ernest obtained his driver's license at the age of 14 and began delivering products for his dad's company. He was a gifted mechanic, rebuilding car engines and building hot rods before he was out of high school. A Yakima High School football game was the start of dating between Ernest Raymond and his future wife, Maxine Mosebar. On a dare from his friends, he got the courage to put his arm around the prettiest girl he'd ever seen; after that it was true love forever. Afternoons he'd drive up and rev the engine of his 1924 Red Chevrolet hot rod (which he built) in front of the principal's office, where "straight A" student Maxine worked after school, and Maxine would be out the door to ride home with him ... leaving the principal behind frowning with disapproval. Ernie graduated early from Yakima High School in January 1947, and joined the Navy. He was serving on the Destroyer U.S.S. Soley off the Atlantic Coast when he was injured in an engine room explosion. After many weeks in a naval hospital, he was honorably discharged, and returned home to marry his high school sweetheart, Maxine, on October 14, 1947. Ernie graduated from Central Washington University with a teaching degree, majoring in math, science and history. Ernest began his teaching career in the 1950's at Castlevale Elementary School, and moved in the 1960's to teaching at Moxee Elementary, and later East Valley Middle School, where he taught for 40 years. He never met an engine he couldn't fix, nor a child he couldn't teach. Each and every student who came through his classroom was important to him, and he was proud of them. A master woodworker, Ernest built his family's home, and filled it with handmade furniture and woodwork. In the tradition of his parents and grandparents, he worked his family farm and orchard with pride. His garden produced enough to feed his family along with many friends and neighbors during harvest time. Ernest was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He spent many hours boat fishing Clear Lake, Rimrock and nearby lakes with his dad and dad-in-law, Howard Mosebar. He loved to take his family on camping trips and to the annual family trip to Westport every summer. Ernie was a handsome and brilliant husband, and devoted Dad. He was soft spoken with a kind and generous heart, and was friend to all he knew. He gave of himself to family, friends, neighbors, and strangers, and helped everyone who needed it. He was truly a great man. Ernest Raymond was preceded in death by his parents Lena and Alva Farren, brother Royce Farren, and sisters Helen Hill, Maxine Shaver, and Geneva Lacey. Ernest is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Maxine (Mosebar) Farren; and his family, Jennifer Farren, Teresa Farren (Jim Roberts) and Heather Farren (Jason Wood). He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews who meant the world to him. Visitation and viewing will be held at Keith & Keith Funeral on Friday, September 18, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with the Vigil service beginning at 5:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul Cathedral on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. A committal service will follow at Calvary Cemetery with full military honors. To share a memory of Ernest, please visit www.keithandkeith.com


  • Visitation Friday, September 18, 2015
  • Vigil Service Friday, September 18, 2015
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, September 19, 2015
  • Committal Service Saturday, September 19, 2015


Ernest Raymond Farren

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Ann Patnode Schneider

October 1, 2015

Mr. Farren was my teacher in grade school at Moxee Elementary. He was such a kind and patient man, and I will always remember that little smile on his face. He is one of those teachers students will always remember with respect and gratitude. I feel honored to have had him as a teacher. My deepest sympathy to his family. May your wonderful memories keep him close to your heart.

Heather Farren

September 18, 2015

My dad is my superhero. He was kind and funny and rescued all of us whenever we needed it. He was a rock. I am so, so lucky to have had him for my dad.

Judy & Steve Arnold

September 16, 2015

My deepest sympathy Teresa and Heather, I lost my Dad August 30th, so I do know what you are going through. Unfortunately my Dads memorial is also this Saturday so will not be able to attend.

Kathy Garcia

September 16, 2015

Sending my heartfelt condolences to you, Jennifer. You must feel honored to have had this wonderful man as your father. I am certain you will always savor the memories he leaves with you. God bless.

Jose Garcia

September 16, 2015

Our deepest condolences to you and your family, Heather.

Denny Sandifer

September 16, 2015

Uncle Ray you will certainly be missed by many. You we're more of a big brother to me than a Uncle. I learned from you at a early age how to be a loving,caring person. You we're a teacher before it became your profession. Thank You

David Mosebar

September 15, 2015

Uncle Ray, you will be missed and respected for years to come. You made childhood enjoyable for many. Thank you