Jeffrey Wayne Fahrnow, a wonderful father and caring friend, concluded a full and varied life on December 27, 2013, at home south of Miles City, Montana. Jeff was born June 1, 1946, in Holden Massachusetts, to Claire Pickering Fahrnow and Jack Frederick Fahrnow, who was then in the United States Army. Jeff lived in several Massachusetts towns and in Huntington and Lagro, Indiana, during his childhood.
Jeff graduated from Northfield High School, near Wabash, Indiana, in 1964 and completed a heavy equipment training course at Greer Technical Institute in Illinois in 1970. He served in the United States Air Force from 1964 to 1966 as an air policeman and was awarded a small arms expert marksmanship ribbon in 1965.
On August 11, 1967, Jeff married Judith Merene Rogers in Wabash, Indiana, where their three children were later born. The couple moved their family to Longmont, Colorado, in 1977.
Always eager to try something new, Jeff held many positions throughout his working years. In Indiana he was a factory worker, town policeman, college campus security officer, manager of gasoline service stations and truck stops, and heavy equipment operator for the highway department. After moving to Colorado, Jeff continued as a heavy equipment operator, driving the steep mountain roads and operating cranes–even in the midst of downtown Denver traffic. His interest in public safety took him back to security work, however. He established a private security service and then concluded his career as a corporate plant security manager. In retirement, Jeff built a home south of Miles City, Montana–with the help of talented and enthusiastic neighbors and the advice of helpful Miles City merchants.
Jeff’s recreational interests were as varied as his occupations. In his twenties he modified and drag raced a 1962 Chevy Impala (fondly named the Sopwith Camel). He enjoyed camping with friends and family, maneuvering speed boats on lakes in Colorado and Nevada, riding motorcycles into Canada and through the Colorado Rockies, watching his children flip on the water while ski-tubing, hunting deer, traveling and RV-ing throughout the United States, gardening, playing poker, holding picnics for neighbors in the Moon Creek area, searching the internet and planning and building the residence and shop.
Jeff was preceded in death by both parents and one brother Carl Fahrnow. Surviving Jeff are three children–Shane A. Fahrnow of Terry, Montana; Janine K. Maldonado of Show Low, Arizona; Guy E. Fahrnow of Casper, Wyoming–and their mother Judith M. Fahrnow of Miles City, Montana. Also surviving are two sisters–Zayna Sheline and Jacqui Fahrnow–and one brother, Jack Fahrnow, all of Spring Hill, Kansas; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
A Graveside service will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Eastern Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery in Miles City with full military honors. The following day, June 21, family and friends will gather at noon to celebrate Jeff’s life with a picnic on the property south of Miles City where Jeff had resided since 1996.