October 4, 1944 – November 20, 2023
It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of John B. Farrell, a devoted family man, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and esteemed former member of the Saint Louis City Police Department. John departed this world on November 20, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones.
Born on October 4, 1944, in Saint Louis, Missouri, John's life was marked by unwavering dedication to service and a commitment to protecting and uplifting his community. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at a young age, where he exemplified courage, discipline, and honor. John’s military service shaped him into a true patriot and a respected leader among his peers.
Upon an honorary discharge from the Marines, John continued his commitment to public service by joining the Saint Louis City Police Department. His years on the force were marked by numerous letters of recommendation and Chief’s Letters of Commendation.
John was a proud member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
John graduated from Northeast Missouri State University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
His impact extended beyond his professional life; he was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. His warm smile, wise counsel, sense of humor, unique story telling techniques and unwavering support to his loved ones endeared him to all who had the privilege of knowing him. He leaves behind a legacy of compassion, strength, and a profound sense of love to family and friends.
John is survived by his wife, Lana; his children Kim (Rick) Orf and Tim (Sarah) Farrell; his grandchildren Austin (Caleb) Knott, Kelly Patrick Farrell and Chloe Farrell along with one great grandchild, Maverick Michael Knott; and two sisters, Kathy Cammarata and Maureen Leos.
Private services will take place at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, a cause that was close to John's heart.
John’s passing leaves a void in the hearts of those who knew him, but his legacy of camaraderie and love will endure in the memories of all who were touched by his remarkable life. For those closest and maybe not so close, let John say one last time, I’m out of this den of iniquity and enjoy a cold libation on this fine day.
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