Howell Joseph Farnworth – Sergeant, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

Howell Joseph Farnworth, 84, the former president and owner of a company that specialized in fund-raising for churches, died March 28, 2000, at his home in Fairfax., Virginia. He had Parkinson's disease.

Farnworth was born in Springfield, Illinois. During World War II, he was an Army paratrooper and intelligence specialist, and he prepared topographical models of invasion sites.

He parachuted into Normandy during the D-Day invasion of 1944 and received a Purple Heart. He also parachuted into Arnhem, Holland, in September 1944.

There Mr. Farnworth was captured by the Germans and held a prisoner of war for six months. He escaped shortly before the war ended and rejoined Allied forces.

Before moving to the Washington area in 1961, Mr. Farnworth was a financial officer in California. He joined Agne Associates in 1961. In 1962, the company became Agne-Farnworth Associates, which raised money for churches. Mr. Farnworth retired from it in 1980.

Throughout his adult life, Mr. Farnworth had taken university courses. He received a bachelor's degree from Upper Iowa University after 39 years of college-level study at various institutions. In 1986, at the age of 70, he received a master's degree in liberal studies at Georgetown University.

Mr. Farnworth was an amateur artist whose mediums included oils, acrylic and copper-press etchings. He was also a sculptor. He had a one-man exhibition at the Georgetown Fine Arts Gallery, and his paintings had been displayed at various art exhibits.

He was a charter member of Providence Presbyterian Church in Fairfax.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Jean Farnworth; three daughters, Pamela Kingdon, Virginia Moravek and Linda Gammache, all of Loudoun County; a sister; and eight grandchildren.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 09/14/1942 – 10/11/1945
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 04/17/1915
  • DATE OF DEATH: 03/28/2000
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 04/04/2000


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