William Jenner Farst
December 08, 1922 ‒ November 25, 2006
MANSFIELD: William Jenner “Bill” Farst, 83, of Gatewood Drive, Mansfield, died Saturday evening November 25, 2006 in his home following a sudden illness.
He was born December 8, 1922 in Lexington to Gilbert F. and Grace (McBride) Farst, and was graduated from Lexington High School in 1940.
An Army Air Corps veteran of WWII, Bill worked with his father in Farst & Son Jewelers, first in Lexington, and later on South Main Street, downtown in Mansfield.
The store was liquidated in 1956, and they moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where they operated as wholesale diamond brokers until moving back to Mansfield in 1972.
Bill worked with the J.B. Robinson Jewelers in the Richland Mall for several years until his retirement in 1999.
A 32nd degree mason, he was a member of Venus Lodge F&AM #152, Baku Grotto, Aladdin Shrine and Mahi Shrine, Miami.
Bill loved to tinker, not just around the house, but in the house: his love affair with motorcycles led him to detail them in the middle of the living room. He cherished his John Deere tractors and was a car-nut ~ he’d take two days to wash his car…so clean you could eat off the engine!
He is survived by his wife Marjorie J. (Liston) Farst, whom he married January 23, 1943; two sons and daughters-in-law Ronald and Susan Farst of Winter Park, FL and Larry and Phuong Farst of Maitland, FL.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, November 29, 2006 from 10 am until noon in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Private family funeral services will follow. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery.