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“Nancy, read in the Albia paper about the loss of your son. So sorry to hear. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this very difficult time. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Johneta Goodwin - Plantation, FL

“Nancy, don't know if you remember me. we went to school together.was so sorry to hear about the passing of your sonmay God watch over you and help...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Jo O'Brien - Fremont, IA

“He always had a smile on his face. Very easy to talk to. I will miss him even though it has been years since I seen him last. He was way too young...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Kim Merrill Brimeyer - IA

“Dearest Shorty you were an awesome friend. You always had a smile no matter what. Your jokes were always so funny. May you rest in peace. You will...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Betty Thompson - Albia, IA

“I got to knowing Shorty through the Eagle's Club and became close friends with him. We used to kid each other about last names being the same but of...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Teresa A Peterson - McFarland - IA

“Sorry to hear of Shorty's passing. He was a good detasseling boss for the summers I worked for Pioneer as a high schooler. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Brian Webb - Jamestown, NC

“I would like to say to the family how sorry I am about your loss of "Shorty", I met him at some of the Eagle's conventions and district meetings. He...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Faye Guthrie - Mt. Pleasant, IA

“Miles and I were so saddened to hear that Shory was sick and passed so quickly. He was a true person with a great heart. We will miss him so much....Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Jennifer Dixon - Burlington, IA

“Saddened by the news of Shorty's passing. Graduated from Albia Community High School back in "77" with Shorty. He was a Friend that I always could...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Andy Simmons - Fulton, IL

“Thank you so much Shorty for the care you took in getting me to and from school. Even going the extra mile getting me up the front step and in the...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Amy Stegemann - Albia, IA

“Nancy and Karen, I am very sorry for your loss. I remember Dwaine as a little boy, a happy boy and always nice to us. You have our Sympathy. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Kathryn Mellecker - Riverside, IA

“Nancy and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We enjoyed spending the holiday dinners with him and we'll...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: The Baier Family - Spooner, WI


Dwaine Allen "Shorty" McFarland, age 56, of Albia, passed away Monday, March 28, 2016 at Mercy Medical center in Des Moines.

Dwaine was born August 25, 1959 in Albia to Max D. and Nancy (Lancial) McFarland. He went to school in Albia and graduated from IHCC where he took Diesel mechanic.

Dwaine worked for Bakers Feed and Grain, the Albia Community School District as a bus driver for many years. After retiring from the Albia School District, he worked for 10-15 Transit out of Ottumwa and worked as a personal transporter for PTI for the railroad. Dwaine also delivered the Albia Paper and volunteered his time at the Albia Museum.

Dwaine was a 33 year member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3583 in Albia, and was a member of Fraternal order of Eagles #114 in Ottumwa, where Dwaine served as past president and held several positions on a local, district and state level. He was also a member of the Southern Iowa Tractor Club, Lad and Lassies square dancing club. Dwaine enjoyed bowling in a bowling league in Albia.

He is survived by his mother, Nancy McFarland; a sister, Karen (Rick) Little; 4 nephews, Ryan May, Cory (JoAnna) May, Michael May, and Tyler Little; 1 great nephew, Ryker Little and 2 aunts and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Max McFarland and many aunts, uncles, and a cousin, Jeanie.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Tharp Funeral home in Albia. Burial will follow services at the Hiteman Cemetery in Hiteman.

Visitation will be held from 1:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2016, at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Dwaine's family present throughout the day and evening.

In Lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the family.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.tharpfh.com.