U.S. Army Sergeant Joseph Farley, Decorated Iraq War Veteran and former Gloucester City Resident, Loses His Nine Year Battle With Cancer
UPDATED (April 7, 2017):
LUDWEILER, GERMANY (April 7, 2017)--Sgt. Farley was laid to rest earlier today, Friday, April 7 at a cemetery in Ludweiler, Germany. When asked if Sgt. Farley had a military funeral, Mrs. Farley said no. “I was told the day before the funeral by an Army official that they don’t have soldiers available to do a military honor ceremony. I was saddened by that news.” The sergeant retired in January 2015 after serving 19.5 years in the Army. Above is a photo of Sgt. Farley’s final resting place and below is a photo of his casket at the viewing held at the Duchene Avalon Bestattungen Funeral Home in Völklingen-Ludweiler, Germany. (website here) (photos were provided by Mrs. Farley)
by CNBNews Staff
GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (CNBNewsnet)--U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joe Farley (Ret), a man who loved his country so much that he volunteered for four tours of duty in Iraq, died on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Joe’s zest for life and his love for his family kept him alive for the past nine years as he fought an endless battle with cancer. He would have turned 43 in May.
A former Gloucester City resident, Sgt. Farley has been living in Ludweiler, Germany with his wife Renata, and their daughter, Kianna. Ludweiler is Renata’s hometown. It is 45 minutes from the Ramstein U.S. Air Base.
Sgt. Farley was born on May 28, 1974. He grew up in the Riverview Heights section of Gloucester City. After graduating from Gloucester City High School in 1991 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 127th Military Police Company and later the 212th Military Police unit. He served four tours of duty in Iraq. Joe received many commendations and medals over his career as a soldier. Some of those include; the Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, the Expert Marksmanship Badge automatic rifle, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, the Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and NATO Medal.
Because of his illness, his wife Renata said her husband retired in January 2015. She said, “He received a medical discharge from the Army after serving 19.5 years. After his retirement, we moved from Fort Sam Houston, Texas to Ludweiler, Germany my hometown. My parents, Anna and Toni Tadler live nearby. Joe loved them both and called them Mom and Dad. We met in 2000 and got married in November 2005. And on June 6, 2009, our daughter Kianna was born. I would like to thank everyone for their support, prayers and just everything people did. I so much appreciate it."
A few days before he died Joey posted the following message to his family and friends on his Facebook page:
“Family and friends I know nobody wants to hear this news I'm about to tell everyone it's just the honest truth. Please don't say, nobody knows how long I'm gonna live. Unfortunately, I have weeks to a month maximum. This has nothing to do with God it's just how it is. I can't get any more treatments so my time is short. Thank you for all the love, support, and prayers. Please be there for Renata and Kiana. I love u all.”
“Joey was one of the good guys in life,” said his neighbor Bill Cleary, “My wife Connie and I watched him grow into a caring, confident, responsible man. Whenever he came home on leave he would stop and say hello. You could tell from talking with him that he was happy serving in the Army. When he told us he got married to Renata he got a smile on his face as he described her to us. He was very much in love. He adored his daughter, Kianna. He was a Yankees fan and on one of his trips home on leave, he took his grandfather Bernard Farley, who he loved dearly, to a Yankees game in New York City. Joe was a pretty good baseball player in high school. ”
“Joe was a great representative of the community of Gloucester City,” said Cleary. “He also was a very good representative of the United States Army. In 2008 he wrote a letter to us about his unit’s visit to the Al Haleema Primary School in Hamiya, Iraq. You can tell from reading an excerpt of that letter (below) how proud he was of his unit and the job that he and they were doing in Iraq.
He wrote: “On 1 NOV my soldiers and I went to the Al Haleema Primary School (1st-6th Grade) for girls located in Hamiya and conducted a school supply drive. We distributed school supplies to 50 of the most underprivileged and to the top 50 students designated by the schools head master. We also had the Iraqi Police from the Hamiya Local Police Station assist in the distribution of school supplies along with the soldiers of my squad. This is a great way to build a strong bond between the people of Hamiya and the IP's (Iraqi Police).”
“This is a reason sometimes its worth tying up your boots and strapping 40 pounds of gear on and driving thru IED infested roads just so you can show these people here that we're the GOOD guys and not all of us are here for the oil that our greedy government claims their not here for. Through the help of my interpreter, I speak to all of the students and stress the importance of getting and education and that the more knowledge each of them acquires the more POWER they will have in the future in turning their society in the right direction.”
After he died many of his friends and family showed their love for Joe with distinctive comments on his Facebook page. A random selection of those comments appears below:
Besides his wife Renata and daughter Kianna, he is survived by his brother Chris Farley (Amy); his aunt Louise Donley (Bill), aunt Mary Watkins (Lloyd), aunt Elizabeth Jackson (Tim), aunt Theresa Force (Robert), aunt Christina Harrity, uncle Thomas Farley (late Susan), uncle Bernard Farley (Darlene), uncle Walter Farley (Donna). He was predeceased by his mother Margaret Farley Christman (late George), grandparents Bernard and Louise Farley, and aunt Cathy Farley.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 7, at the Duchene Avalon Bestattungen Funeral Home in Völklingen-Ludweiler, Germany. (website here)
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