November 18, 2018
Dewey B. Farmer, 88, of Clayton passed away Sunday morning, November 18, 2018, at Samaritan Keep Home, Watertown.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Sunday, November 25, from 2 - 5 PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church on Monday, November 26, at 11 AM with Rev. Arthur J. LaBaff, pastor, presiding followed by burial and military honors in Sackets Harbor Military Cemetery.
Dewey was born in Watertown on April 17, 1930, son of Dewey and Grace A. Heard Farmer and he was educated in Watertown schools. He joined the Naval Reserves and was called to active duty on August 7, 1951. He was proud of his service aboard the USS Krishna and was honorably discharged on June 26, 1953.
He married Sally A. Brabant on June 27, 1959 at St. Mary's Church with Fr. Lawrence Deno officiating.
Dewey worked in the Saturation Department at Knowlton Bros., Watertown for 13 years. He began his 23 year career as a custodian at Clayton Central School and then at 1000 Islands High School and retired as Senior Custodian. After his retirement he worked for Gray's Wholesale in several capacities for 7 years. He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church. In his younger years he was a member of the Boy Scouts. Dewey was a 20 year active member of the Clayton Volunteer Fire Department and currently was an exempt member. He was a 48 year member of the American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821. He enjoyed being a handyman, working with wood and mechanics, and also any type of remodeling. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Along with his wife, Sally, Dewey is survived by his three children, Debra M. Farmer, John D. Farmer and wife, Mary, and Robert F. Farmer and wife, Amy, all of Clayton; four grandchildren, Joshua, Nicole, Tyler, and Kristin; two great grandchildren, Ariah and Remi; brother, Richard Farmer and wife, Dorothy, Fairport; sister, June A. Farmer Champney, Albany; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to a charity of one's choice. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.