James Howard Failyer was born October 2, 1858 near Kirkville, Iowa. His parents were George W. and Catherine [Lee] Failyer. He was married February 9, 1882 to Margaret Speer. Eleven children were born to them, three of whom besides his wife, preceded him in death.
Mr. Failyer passed away January 1, 1944 at the age of 85 years and three months. He was ill only a few weeks. The surviving children are Mrs. Charles Stroud, Mrs. Grover Johnson, Mrs. Eva Readnour and Bert Failyer of Richland; Paul Failyer of Victor, Iowa; Austin of Kirkville; O. G. Failyer and Mrs. W. A. Jackson of Ottumwa.
One sister, Minnie Wolfe of Fremont, Iowa, also survives besides a host of friends. He was a devoted and loving father. His chief interest was always in his children. Besides those above who survive, he has 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He spent his early life near Kirkville, the place of his birth. In 1905 Mr. Failyer came to Richland to conduct a meat market on the same spot where the Clarion is now located. On account of his health, he moved back to Kirkville where he resided until 1919 when the family came back to Richland, since which time this has been his home.
Funeral services for James H. Failyer were held at the Gould Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon, January 5 conducted by A. C. Roach. Willa May Swinney sang “Old Rugged Cross’ and “Shall We Gather at the River” and was accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Swinney.
Burial was made in the Richland Friends Cemetery. The pallbearers were Gilbert Starr, Andy Hoelestra, Chas. Widner, Otto Emry, Russell Talley, and Frank Mayer.
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman