George Frederick Fargher, born March 8, 1947, was called to the Lord May 15, 2016.
He was born in La Porte, Indiana to Dr. Robert A. and Helen (Link) Fargher. He has no siblings and is survived by his wife Judith Diane (Rhodes) Fargher and several cousins, including, Carolyn Firth of Sarasota, Florida, Toni Robinson of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Alfred Link of Boston, Massachusetts. George and Judy never had any children, only loving Labradors.
George participated in many National Science Fair Competitions and received many awards. With this strong interest and notoriety he was chosen to be the Student Consultant for the Minneapolis Honeywell sponsored TV program ‘Science All Stars’ where he served during a sabbatical between his sophomore and junior years of high school. Other little known facts about George’ life were that he once water skied from the Michigan City Yacht Club to the Chicago Yacht Club across Lake Michigan one afternoon. He also, along with Ben Milligan also from La Porte, restored and drove a Model T panel truck from La Porte to San Francisco in 1964 with signage that said ‘This Ford’ for Barry not Henry’ as they volunteered at the Republican National Convention as pages and George was also an Assistant Sergeant at Arms. He moved with his parents to Bloomfield Hills in 1963 when his father became Medical Director for General Motors Truck and Bus Division in Pontiac, where George attended and graduated from Bloomfield Hills High School.
George’ lifelong fascination with all things electrical and mechanical led him to numerous jobs from watch repair as an early teenager to TV/Appliance and musical organ repair and service. He, along with his best friend, Richard Benoit, started Suburban Organ Service and he moved on from there to being Midwest Regional Service Manager for C. G. Conn Company in Elkhart, Indiana. He moved to Lake Orion and after his marriage to Judy on June 4, 1977, he worked in Plant Engineering and Research & Development for companies serving the automotive special machine tool industry.
After high school George applied for and receive a patent from the United States Patent Office for a ‘color television picture tube with phosphor strips separated by guard bans’. The Farghers later moved to Historic Indian Village in Detroit and then to Remus. In 2006 they finally settled in Meredith Just south of Houghton Lake.
Mr. Fargher had many interests and was called a ‘Renaissance man’ more than once. Along with his fascination with all things electrical/mechanical which included watch making, antique boats, cars, and tractors, he had a passion for good food, drink and music. His musical interests were in the field of jazz, classical, church and theatre organ, and particularly Broadway musicals. He had many fond memories of traveling with his father to Chicago and New York City to see numerous Broadway shows. Not so much Wagner’ entire ‘Ring Cycle’ at the Chicago Lyric Opera House in one weekend, 15 hours with his grandfather. That was a bit much for a five year old. Though he adored and highly respected his grandfather, Circuit Court Judge Alfred Link.
He served his church and community in many ways but especially lending his talents to the Houghton Lake United Methodist Church, serving as Head of the Trustees, Head of the Audio Team, and helping in the kitchen for numerous fellowship gatherings. He was especially very thankful for all the loving support his church family showed him and his wife, Judy, during his illness.
He will be remembered for his incredible integrity, genuine interest in everything and everyone around him, his strong work ethic and faith along with his oftentimes absurd sense of humor.
Memorial services for Mr. George Frederick Fargher will be held at the Houghton Lake United Methodist Church at a later date. Interment will be in the Houghton Lake United Methodist Church Memorial Garden.
Memorial contributions in memory of George are asked to be directed to the Houghton Lake United Methodist Church Music Instrument Fund or the Karmanos Cancer Institute, 1601 E Commerce Rd, Commerce Township, Michigan 48382.
Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel is serving the family. Condolences can be sent to the family online at www.christler-holdship.com.