February 13, 1950
Buckhannon, West Virginia
November 21, 2013
Kermit Daniel Farley, age 63 passed away Thursday November 21 in Phoenix, Arizona. Born February 13, 1950 in Buckhannon, West Virginia to Kermit C. Farley and Mildred Farley (Simms). Kermit is survived by his wife of 16 years, Sharon Lynne Farley (Enholder); 3 step children, Robert, Richard and Jeanie Ball; 6 sisters and brothers, Linda Zagorski, Connie Griffith, Mildred Vargo, James Farley and Patrick Farley; and also 12 grandchildren.
Kermit believed in service to country, and left a job working for General Motors to Enlist in the United States Army as a Helicopter Crewman and was a M-60 door gunner on a UH-1 Huey. Kermit (Specialist Farley) departed for Vietnam on January 22, 1970, where he flew various combat missions in support of the war effort. Specialist Farley was shot down on a combat support mission over the skies of Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart for his action. On April 11, 1970, Specialist Farley returned home permanently disabled due to the combat wounds he suffered in Vietnam. Specialist Farley was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with the 60 device. He qualified and was proficient (Expert) in the M-14 service rifle, the .45 Caliber pistol (Sharpshooter), and the 81 MM Mortar (Expert).
Kermit developed many interests and hobbies that he did not consider to be that of great difference in reference to others, but in reality were great accomplishments for a man of his skill and talent. He enjoyed much time working on his scooter (Harley) and enjoyed the peace of mind and freedom he experienced while riding it. His pastime was filled with leatherworking, writing and reading. Kermit was an avid church participant who had very strong Christian beliefs and constantly strived to follow the words of the Lord. At the time of his passing Kermit was in the process of writing the memoirs of his life.
Kermit met the then Miss Sharron Lynne Enholder, in 1995 in Phoenix, Arizona, feeling a strong attachment for each other. After a short courtship, they were married and enjoyed the friendship and love that they shared for 16 years.
Kermit is preceded in death by his loving mother, Midred J. Farley; his father, Kermit C. Farley; and sister, Darlene Wooten.
A Committal Service, with full military honors, will be held on Wednesday, December 4 at 11:00am at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, located at 23029 North Cave Creek Road in Phoenix.