Dr. Wayne "Packy" McFarland, 84, of Dover and a longtime resident and former Mayor of Newcomerstown, passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, in Park Village Health Care Center at Dover following a brief illness.

Born in Newcomerstown on Dec. 9, 1924, he was a son of the late Wayne Leroy and Effie Hazel Walters McFarland.

After graduating from Newcomerstown High School in 1942, Packy honorably served our country as part of General Patton's European Theatre Army during the Battle of the Bulge. At the time of his discharge, he had earned the rank of lieutenant.

While in high school and thereafter, Packy was a genuine sport enthusiast. An avid golfer, he was a familiar face at Union Country Club, especially on Wednesday evenings when he and his golfing buddies gathered for dinner with their wives.

Packy loved the Newcomerstown community where he was an active participant in the Rotary Club, the Benevolent & Protective Order of The Elks, and the American Legion and VFW. Most notably, Packy served his village as Mayor for six years during the 1990s.

Education and scholarship was paramount to Packy. In 1949, he received his bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. He went on to earn his maters degree and ultimately his doctoral degree from Columbia University in 1954 and 1959, respectively.

His many decades of service as an educator included his work as principal of Dependents School, from 1952 to 1957, at the US 3rd Air Force base in England. He then accepted a teaching position at Scarsdale Elementary School. Then he became an elementary school principal in Caldwell, N.J. He would then join the faculty at Rutgers University in New Jersey for two years, then four years on the faculty at New York University. A majority of his professional career was as a professor of physical education and the athletic director at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

In 1985, Packy married his loving wife, the former Natalie Elizabeth Bean of Dover, who survives. He also leaves behind three sons, Dr. Jeffrey W. (Sofia) McFarland of China, and William C. McFarland and Samuel A. (Lori) McFarland, all of St. Louis, Mo.; two grandchildren, Saga and Axel McFarland; his sister-in-law, Jean McFarland Dessecker; his former wife, Marjorie C. McFarland of St. Louis, Mo.; and numerous extended relatives complete the family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Robert McFarland.

Funeral services were Jan. 26, 2009, at the Geib Funeral Center in Dover. Pastor Don Silverthorne led a service celebrating Packy's life. Burial followed in the West Lawn Cemetery in Newcomerstown.

Those unable to attend are invited to share memories and condolences with the family by visiting the funeral home's Web site.

Packy loved the community of Newcomerstown. Accordingly, his family requests that memorial contributions be made to his Newcomerstown Rotary Club, P.O. Box 609, Newcomerstown, OH 43832; or to the charity of the donor's choice.