Silas Wayne Farris (Wayne), 76, a resident of Kenai, Alaska passed away Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 at his home in Kenai, Alaska with Family by his side.
A celebration of his life was held at the home of Paul and Teresa Farris Ostrander on Dec. 18, 2016 with family from Alaska/Iowa and close friends in attendance. Honoring his wishes, he was cremated and his ashes will be scattered in the Kenai River.
Wayne was born in Whiteside, Tennessee on Feb. 29, 1940. His parents Lola Mae (Teague) Farris, 2013 and James Thomas Farris, 2009, preceded him in death.
Wayne graduated from Ector High School in Odessa, Texas, where he was an accomplished baseball player. After high school, he joined the U.S Navy where he served proudly on the USS Ticonderoga Naval Carrier for 4 years. He married Shirley (Lee) Farris on Dec. 24, 1962 in Odessa, Texas. They would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary in Dec of 2016.
Wayne moved his young family to Alaska in 1966 and lived in both Wasilla and Kenai for many years. He retired from Rowan Drilling Company, but most of his working career was spent at the Drift River Terminal across from the Kenai with Cook Inlet Pipeline Company (Mobil Oil). He also spent 2+ years with his family living and working for Mobil Oil in Saudi Arabia in the mid 1980’s where he made a great many friends from all over the world, before returning to Alaska.
A devoted husband, caring father, and very proud grandfather, Wayne is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughters, Angela Wolfe (Bryan); Patricia Burroughs (Kurt); Teresa Ostrander (Paul); and son Tom Farris (Jennessee); grandchildren, Erica Tresham (Roland); Megan and Colleen Grafton; Andrew Wolfe; Taylor and Allie Ostrander; Mariah, Riley and Jordan Burroughs; and great-grandchildren, Willow, Paxtyn and Gage Tresham.
Wayne was an avid fisherman, golfer, and card-player. He was always up for a good game of cards with the family and he enjoyed fishing the Kenai River with his son-in-law Paul, his family and the regular Monday night crew during the king salmon season. He was a great golfer who spent many years playing at Settler’s Bay in Wasilla and the Thousand Palms Golf Club, where many affectionately knew him as POW (Poor Ol’ Wayne). He was never poor in spirit and made friends wherever he went. He will be greatly missed.