William (Bill) Albert Farber passed away peacefully at the age of 85, early in the morning of March 17, 2011. Bill was born at home on February 28, 1926, the first of five children of Andrew August Farber and Hazel Mae (Harriman) Farber in Walnut Grove, Minn. Growing up on the family farm, he got his early schooling in a one-room school house and graduated from high school as valedictorian. He studied engineering and chemistry before entering active duty in the U.S. Navy at the close of World War II. He married Avis Virginia Butman in June of 1949. Bill graduated the following year from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in psychology. While working for Honeywell in Hopkins, Minn., Bill was transferred to California and he, Avis and their five children moved to Thousand Oaks, Calif., and then Santa Barbara before moving to Ashland, Ore., in 1972. Bill and Avis divorced in 1977 and remained steadfast friends until his death. For seven years Bill was married to Murrayel Lindstrom, of Arizona, who supported him during health challenges in the early 1980s.

Bill married Elaine Ziegler Blazer on February 28, 1988. They lived in Hawaii, Nevada, Arizona, and Calif., before returning to the Rogue Valley in 2001. With Elaine's encouragement and support, Bill was true to his calling of researching, studying, and presenting lectures, seminars, books and courses for the betterment of mankind in areas of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth and health. He impacted the lives of many in the Rogue Valley as well as many others in the states in which they lived. Another part of his legacy is the values he and Avis instilled in their children, including a love of books, philosophy, hiking, camping, gardening and striving for integrity in all facets of life. His sense of humor and sharp wit provoked critical thinking and a love for word play.

Bill leaves behind his beloved wife, Elaine; five children, Karen (Pat) Henretty, of Montague, Calif., Linda Toner Lane, of Ashland, Bruce (Pat) Farber, of Oakview, Calif., Keith (Lynn) Farber, of Ashland, and Lorelle (Delluah) Farber-Todd, of Normandy Park, Wash.; two stepsons, Mike (Val) Blazer, of Ashland, and Steve Blazer, of Medford. He also leaves 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; his sister, Betty (Emil) Bannick; and brother, Alan (Marilyn) Farber, both of Walnut Grove, Minn.; many nieces and nephews, including, Herb (Sue) Farber, of Central Point. Preceding him in death were his parents, Andrew and Hazel; and brothers, Howard and Maurice.

A short service will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to www.mannarelief.org, which provides advanced nutrition to malnourished children and orphans around the world.