Obituary of James R. Farmer

James Randall Farmer, born June 1, 1962, passed away Monday, July 5, 2021 in Chicago, doing what he loved most on a golf course.

Jim or “Jimmy” as he was affectionately known by friends and family, was starting his 21st year at Butler National Golf Course. He lived a life full of travel, golf, and time spent with friends and family. Jim was known for his avid story telling ability and his wicked sense of humor. He loved to golf, fish, cook and all things KU.

Jim never married, which left time for his travels and working at golf courses all over the world including Royal Poinciana as well as Old Florida, Naples, Florida. He also held positions at Heritage Golf Club in Pensacola, Innisbrook in Tampa and ran the golf operations at a club in Germany, close to the Alps for over 8 years. After spending summers in Germany, he would return to Naples for the winter months. He had a loyal following of German golfers who would travel to Naples and seek him out as an instructor as he had mastered the German language.

Even though he traveled he remained an avid Chiefs fan.

He was closely tied to his nephews Tucker, Hudson, Sutton, Dexter, Jax on, and Alex as he regaled them with his many stories.

Jim had a kind heart and he loved children and animals, often taking care of stray animals even in the middle of a cold night.

As much as he loved golf, his favorite recreational time for himself was fishing. Many of the golf courses he worked at had access to water and in the evenings, he would be seen with his fishing pole on one of the water sources making sure there were no extra fish.

Jim was preceded in death by his father Robert and mother Norma Jean Farmer.

Survivors include brother Robert Farmer, sister Carmen Palmer, nephews Ryan Farmer and Travis Palmer, niece Christa Horn and numerous great-nephews.

His remains will be returned to Kansas and a private family ceremony will be announced at a future date.

Based on Jim’s love for children, suggested memorials can be given to Bourbon County CASA, PO Box 146, Fort Scott, KS 66701 or to the Fort Scott High School Golf Team

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