Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon for Levi A. Farnsworth, 91, who lived in Riverside since 1930 with his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Jessie E. Farnsworth. Ill several weeks, he died Sunday [December 14] evening in Doctors Hospital, Oregon City, where he had been taken Dec. 2.
The Rev. Dayton Loomis, pastor of Canby Methodist Church of which “Grandpa” Farnsworth was a member, officiated the services in the Canby Chapel of Everhart & Kent and at the graveside in Multnomah Cemetery, Portland. Menno Seethoff was soloist, with Mrs. R. F. Morrow at the organ. Pallbearers were Henry Kuehl of Gleneden, A. B. Landon, C. B. Henslee, Conrad Herman, J. A. Lighthill and Gordon Ellis.
Mr. Farnsworth had been a carpenter and farmer, both in southeast Portland and in Riverside, most of his active years. He was a native of the “Hardscrabble” District out of Molalla, spent part of his early childhood at Silver Lake, Wash., and attended school at East Portland. He was married in Portland to Annie Gates, and lived chiefly in the Lents-Gilbert District until he came to Canby 28 years ago. Mrs. Farnsworth died in 1918 and he had lived with Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Farnsworth since their marriage in 1920.
Surviving Levi Albert Farnsworth are the one son; a sister, Mrs. Eva Haines, 83, of Omak, Wash.; two grandsons, Ray and Bert Farnsworth of Canby; and four grandchildren, Jerry, Ronald, and Joe Farnsworth of Canby, and Lorene Farnsworth, 15, of Sacramento, Calif. The latter is the daughter of his second grandson, Loren, who was a gunner on a B-17 with the 8th Air Force when he was killed over France in 1945 during World War II.
The Canby Herald, December 18, 1958
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman