James ‘Jim’ Richard Farmer

(Dec. 22, 1931 - Aug. 25, 2023)


In loving memory of James “Jim” Richard Farmer, 91. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Jim Farmer, a remarkable individual whose life was marked by a profound love for his family, his work and his community. Jim passed away peacefully on Aug. 25, 2023 at Hot Springs Health in Thermopolis, Wyoming, leaving behind a legacy that will forever be etched in the hearts of those who knew him. 

Born on Dec. 22, 1931 to Oscar and Dorthea (Rimbey) Farmer and raised in Powell, Wyoming, Jim embraced the values of hard work and determination from an early age, growing up on his family farm. His formative years were spent cultivating the land and tending to the animals, instilling in him a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature and the rewards of labor. One of Jim’s fondest memories was exploring the wonders of Yellowstone alongside his family. His enthusiasm for the great outdoors led him to spend a memorable summer working for the National Park Service helping to take care of Old Faithful, an experience that further ignited his passion for preserving and sharing the natural treasures of our world. As he transitioned into adulthood, Jim joined his father-in-law’s company, Krueger Drilling, where he showcased his dedication and skill. Eventually, he pursued his entrepreneurial spirit and founded his own construction company, specializing in paving roads across the vast expanse of Wyoming. Through his hard work, Jim not only left behind smoother roads but also a testament to his commitment to progress and development in the state he loved.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Jim had a deep affinity for John Deere tractors. His collection of these iconic machines was a source of pride and joy, a reflection of his mechanical aptitude and his appreciation for the history of farming and machinery. Jim was an active member of the Flywheelers Tractor Club, where he shared his passion with fellow enthusiasts and contributed to preserving the legacy of vintage agricultural equipment. He looked forward to leading the parade every June at their tractor show. His memory will forever be cherished by his loving family. His gentle spirit, unwavering determination and warm smile will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. 

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; ex-wife Delores Farmer; wife Mary Ellen Farmer; sister Bette Sand; brother Bert Farmer and granddaughter Cori Ivie, and last but not least, his dogs that were part of his family, from Jerry the farm dog all the way to Penny, a rescue dog that showed up on his doorstep after being abandoned. 

He is survived by his daughters: Jody Farmer (Robert Seelye) of Laurel, Montana; Margo (Ken) Ivie of Glenrock, Wyoming; and Gail Farmer of Billings, Montana; grandchildren: Tommy Vechnak of Snohomish, Washington; Brian Vechnak of Riverton, Wyoming; Kenneth (Jolynn) Ivie of Thermopolis; and Amanda (Trent) DeWitt of Mountain View, Wyoming; great-grandchildren: Joseph Vechnak, Hagen DeWitt, Colter DeWitt, Karsyn Ivie and Taylor Ivie.

Cremation has taken place and services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023 at the First Baptist Church in Thermopolis. Graveside inurnment will follow at Monument Hill Cemetery. An additional service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 15 at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell, Wyoming. 

Online condolences may be made at bryantfuneralhomeonline.com.