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Lt. Col. Richard LeRoy McFarland, 75, of Leesburg, FL died Sunday, December 10 after a brief but brave battle with brain cancer. Mr. McFarland was born in Cochranton, Pennsylvania to Henry Max and Joan McFarland who preceded him in death. He was the youngest of two children and is survived by his sister, Maxine Scott (Jerry) of Yalaha, Florida. He also leaves behind a wife of 47 years, Louise McFarland, and his three children Timothy (Lindsay), John (Sydney), and Annie (Phil). He is also survived by four grandchildren. Mr. McFarland was a proud veteran, having served tours of duty in Vietnam and Desert Storm. He suffered from the effects of exposure to Agent Orange as a result. He was known for his sense of humor, fondness of golf, and great love of his family; his children were his proudest accomplishment. A celebration of life will be held at Morrison United Methodist Church, Leesburg, FL on Thursday, January 18th at 1:00pm. A special thanks to all of the gifted and supportive caregivers at the Tampa General ICU and the doctors who did everything they could. An additional service will be held in Rich's hometown of Cochranton, Pennsylvania later this spring. Services have been entrusted to Steverson Hamlin and Hilbish Funerals and Cremations. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on the tribute wall by visiting www.SteversonHamlinHilbish.com.
Published on December 14, 2017
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