We’ve Moved! 400 Hammond Road West

George VanFarowe

April 1, 1929 - October 18, 2017
Traverse City, MI



Saturday, October 28, 2017
11:00 AM EDT
Faith Reformed Church

The family will greet friends starting at 10am.


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Mission Aviation Fellowship
P.O. Box 47
Nampa, ID 83653
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Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Cherryland Floral
1208 S. Garfield
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 941-5761
Driving Directions
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Flower Station
341 W. Front St.
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 946-1742
Driving Directions
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Lilies Of The Alley
227 E. State St - Alley
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 360-3620
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Blossom Shop
1023 E. Eighth St.
Traverse City, MI 49686
(231) 932-9470
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Life Story / Obituary


George Calvin VanFarowe, 88, husband of Dorothy, of Traverse City, died Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

He was born on April 1, 1929 in Williamson, New York the son of Richard and Nella (Pyle) VanFarowe.

George grew up as a pastor’s son and learned to love this life, yet live for the next. His steadfast interest in aviation led him to obtain his pilot license at 16. After obtaining his masters degree for education, he spent a short time in the Army. Soon after, he met his lifelong bride Dorothy and settled into a career in the education field.

Throughout his life he embraced opportunities, and enjoyed traveling both for enrichment and for various mission projects. He also loved ice cream and operated a “non profit” ice cream truck for many summers.

Once retired, he spent more winters in the south and more time on his ham radio.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Jean (Winstrom) VanFarowe, they were married on August 17, 1957; children, Brian VanFarowe, Beth (William) Meade and Bruce (Pattra) VanFarowe; grandchildren, Kendall, Timothy, Chris, Marya, Adriaan and Dinsigh and great-grandchildren, Vincent and Kira Meade.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Reformed Church, with visitation one hour prior. Contributions may be made to Mission Aviation Fellowship. A light lunch will follow the service - sorry George, probably no ice cream. Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guest book and share your thoughts with the family. The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City.