Obituary of David Wesley McFarland, Jr.
David Wesley McFarland, Jr., 77, a resident of Schwenksville, PA, for over 50 years, passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday, October 12, 2020. He and his wife, Diane (Fabry) McFarland, celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on April 19th of 2020.
Born January 18, 1943, in Conshohocken, PA, he was a son of the late David W. and Ann (McEvoy) McFarland. He was a 1960 graduate of Ambler High School and attended Penn State University. He served in the U. S. Marines during the Vietnam War.
Mr. McFarland was employed for 42 years with Johnson & Johnson, retiring in 2009 as a research scientist. He also worked with his father at McFarland’s Bicycle Shop from childhood until 2008. He was a long-time member of Heidelberg United Church of Christ in Schwenksville, PA. He was a member of the Free Masons Shiloh-MacCalla Lodge No. 558 as well as Valley of Allentown 32nd Degree AASR, and a past president of the Perkiomen Valley Jaycees. He had a private pilot’s license and flew out of Heritage Field in Limerick, PA, and was a member of the Valley Forge Tail Draggers at Perkiomen Valley Airport and various other aviation organizations.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, David Wesley “Dusty” McFarland, III and his wife, Laura, of Williamsburg, PA; and a daughter, Debra Sarae McFarland of Schwenksville, PA. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Tara Sarae Todd and her husband, Dan; David Wesley McFarland, IV, and his wife, Ashley; Joel Cable McFarland and his wife, Bethany; Daniel Fabry McFarland; Victoria Elizabeth McFarland; Benjamin Robert McFarland; and Ethan Henry McFarland.
He was preceded in death by his brother, William McFarland.
Family will receive friends from 11:30am-12:30pm on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 251 Perkiomen Ave., Schwenksville, PA 19473, where the public memorial service will begin at 12:30pm. The interment will be private at Schwenksville Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Heritage Field Grove in Limerick following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the church at the address above or to Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Arrangements are by the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. of Skippack, PA. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsFuneralHome.com.