Adrian M. Farver, 81, Little River: May 21, 1934 – May 3, 2016

050516-farverLITTLE RIVER, Kan. – Adrian M. Farver, 81, died May 3, 2016, at his home at Little River, Kan. He was born May 21, 1934, near Roxbury, Kan., the son of John H. and Cora C. Bernstorf Farver.

A rural Little River resident, formerly of Burlingame, Kan., he graduated from Little River High School in 1952, and earned an undergraduate degree in business administration from Washburn University, Topeka. His education was interrupted when he received orders to enter the military service. He returned to Washburn University School of Law and graduated in 1963. Adrian initially entered general private practice. His law career also included serving as Burlingame City Attorney and Osage County Attorney.

He was appointed as an assistant United States Attorney, Chief of the Criminal Division of the Topeka office, for 3 1/2 years. He practiced law until 2003. He enjoyed living his retirement years with his wife on the family farm and visiting his children and grandchildren.

Adrian was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving from August 1957 to June 1960. He completed his reserve commitment in 1970 as captain. His love of flying led him to get his private pilot’s license in the early 1980s. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Little River.

He married Helen Schenck. They later divorced. He married Mary Jeanette Burns on May 27, 1989, in Ottawa, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ione Janssen; infant brother, John Harrison Farver Jr.; and a stepson, Joseph Burns.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jeanette, of the home; two daughters, Jane Stewart, Kansas City, Mo., Anne and Robert Lightcap, Shawnee, Kan.; stepson, Peter Burns, Los Angeles, Calif.; sister, Jonell Schenk, Shawnee; and three grandchildren, Ashley and Steve Cisetti, Nicholas and Isaac Lightcap.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, May 9, at Little River United Methodist Church, with Reverend Josh Johnson and Pastor Ted Weis officiating. Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons. Burial will be in Bean Memorial Cemetery, Little River, with military honors.

Memorials may be made to Kansas Children’s Service League or United Methodist Church, sent in care of Birzer Funeral Home, 214 West Ave. South, Lyons, KS 67554.


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