Edward McFarlane


Edward McFarlaneEdward “Eddie” McFarlane age 81 of Tracy passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Hemet Valley Medical Center in Hemet, California.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 25 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Currie.  Visitation is one hour prior to the service.  .  Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery at Currie.  Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.  Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Edward Howard McFarlane was born May 19, 1935 in Tracy, Minnesota to Howard and Dorothy (Edgar) McFarlane.  Eddie graduated from Tracy High School in 1953 where he was a legendary and gifted three sport athlete earning eleven letters in football, basketball, and baseball.  He was united in marriage to Janet Tutch on November 25, 1980 at the Tracy United Methodist Church.  Eddie later was converted by baptism and confirmation to the Catholic faith.  Eddie was a field service representative for Southern California Edison for 30 years.  He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Hemet, California and Worthington, Minnesota.  Eddie enjoyed going to garage sales and golfing.  He was a great Dad.  Eddie was loving and fun, and his family and friends were very important to him. He had an amazing heart filled with love.  Eddie had a great sense of humor and loved to have fun.

Eddie is survived by his wife Janet; daughters: Denise Carlsen, Cheryl and Michele McFarlane; step children: David Tutch, Annette Carr, Susan Gropel, and Michelle Simonsen; 5 grandchildren; 6 step grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister.


  1. JIM KERR says:

    Ed was the most popular person I ever knew due to his humble, kind and engaging personality who with great charismatic charm lifted everyone’s spirits “when Ed stepped in the door” !!! What a great honor to have known him!!! Ed rest in Heavenly Peace!!!

  2. Ron Labat says:

    Very sorry to hear about Ed’s passing. We spent some enjoyable times together on the golf course and solved many of the world’s problems after the round, at least we thought we did! The regular foresome, Robby, Dick, Con, Ed are certainly now playing together again in Heaven! My condolences to the family, and Ed rest in peace.

  3. Tom Hansen says:

    To The Eddie McFarlane family. Sorry to hear the sad news in the passing of our dear friend. No real perfect words to express ones feelings, but Jan and family you need to know that Mari and I and your many many friends have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We hope and pray that this will provide you some comfort as you travel this difficult journey. Eddie was a dearest friend and a great golf partner. We had lots of fun memories and we will miss him. But some day , Eddie and me will meet together again on the First Tee.

    God bless us all. Tom and Mari

  4. Denise Carlsen says:

    Eddie McFarlane was a wonderful Dad, he Blessed us with a wonderful family and childhood. Dad was always involved in our lives, either coaching our sports, taking us on family vacations, always joking and laughing, teaching us, loving us unconditionally. We were Blessed to have a father who cared for us deeply, helped us when we needed help, let us cry on his shoulder or we cried together during both ours and his difficult times. Dad was always there for us girls. We know he is with our family, his parents and sister, and some of his many great friends up in Heaven. Dad loved his friends as well, he had good friends and many good times. No more pain or suffering! We love our Dad and miss him so much already.

    • JIM KERR says:

      Denise You summed up your Dad and my best friend in a very loving and thankful manner. You three daughters were very fortunate to enjoy his love and care until God took him at age 81 My fiend Ed is still providing his loving care for his daughters. Again, thank you for the very thoughtful and beautiful reflection about a wonderful man. Jim

      • Denise Carlsen says:

        Jim you were a great friend of Dad’s, he loved you very much! Right before Dad passed he was telling me that you were his best friend. He always talked about how blessed he was to have such amazing friends in his life. I love to hear about his childhood memories, which you were a big part of. He is laughing with his other good friend, Bob Gempler up in Heaven!

  5. Carol Schjei says:

    Hi Jan and family,
    I just read of Eddie’s passing in the Headlight. So sorry. It is such a loss. I remember you and Eddie coming to our house after golfing events and I always felt he was such a kind and happy man. He always had a smile and a genuine laugh.

    I remember when Robby passed away, we had a bat in our house, Eddie came over and caught it. He had to grab at it a few times because we were all crying and he was having trouble seeing the it. We all shared a much needed laugh!

    I choose to believe Eddie, Robby, Con and Dick M. are golfing together again!
    We share your loss but are also fortunate to have had Eddie in our lives.
    Take care,
    Carol Schjei
    (Marge and Doc Robby’s daughter)

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