William Farrell Lofton, 84, of Winfield, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at Winfield Senior Living Community surrounded by his family.
Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Winfield First Church of the Nazarene. Graveside service with military honors will follow at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery.
Visitation with the family present is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield. Memorial contributions in Farrell’s name can be made to First Church of the Nazarene. Contributions can be left in care of Shelley Family Funeral Home, 803 Loomis St., Winfield, KS 67156.
Farrell was born on Dec. 7, 1935 in Blythe, Calif., to parents Glenn and Lois (McDorman) Lofton. He attended high school in Blythe until his senior year. He graduated from Pasadena Nazarene Academy in 1953. Later that year, he joined the Air Force and became a mechanic. He married the love of his life, Eugenia “Jenell” Finger on July 18, 1958. After Farrell left active duty in 1959, the couple moved to Barstow, Calif., where Farrell worked at various businesses and also as a truck driver. He began working for the Fort Irwin National Guard as a machinist, from which he retired in 1990. The Lofton family moved to Winfield, and in 1993 Farrell started his final career as the head of maintenance for First United Methodist Church, where he worked for exactly 20 years. Farrell could fix anything mechanical, but more important to him was his relationship with God. He was a member of the Nazarene Church and served on the board and in various leadership roles, including Sunday school teacher, singer, pulpit supply and discipling believers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Barbara Cullen; infant brother, Richard; and grandson, Trevor Denison.
Farrell is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Jenell; daughter, Renee Denison and husband, Jamey; son, Dave Lofton and wife, Amy; daughter, Chrisy Mull and husband, Chris; grandchildren, Jared Lofton and wife, Sabrina, Caleb Lofton, Emily Wilson and husband, Myles, Chloe Mull, Kaitlyn Denison, Rachel Lofton, and Ian Mull; and eight great-grandchildren.