Dustin R. “Dusty” Farber

November 14, 2016 GMT

Dustin R. “Dusty” Farber, 54, of Fox Lake, died peacefully at his home after a courageous battle with cancer with his family at his side on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

Dusty was born April 15, 1962, in Ames, Iowa, the son of Tom Farber and Joyce Hamme. Dusty was united in marriage to Gwenn Zabransky on Nov. 10, 1984, in Mequon. He attended Cornell High School, UW-Stout and MATC-Milwaukee. After years working in construction and working for Zack Motor Sports as a crew member for ARCA motor racing, Dusty and his wife purchased an abandoned campground in rural Cambria in 1997. After years of love and hard work, Deer Creek Campground became a flourishing tourist destination. Dusty and Gwenn devoted themselves to that campground for 18 years. They sold the campground and moved to the city of Fox Lake, where Dusty continued his love of construction with remodeling their home. In his free time, Dusty enjoyed some fishing, music and watching NASCAR, especially with his grandson, Tyler.

Dusty will be sadly missed and mourned by his wife, Gwenn Farber; his sons, Gavin, Dylan and Jesse Farber, all of Fox Lake; one grandson, Tyler Farber; his granddaughters, Rilya and Nola Farber; his father, Tom (Bonnie) Farber of Holcombe; his mother, Joyce Simplot of Ames, Iowa; his sister, Christie (Jim) Bahr of New York; his brother, Derek (Kelley) Farber of Eau Claire; his maternal grandmother, Virginia Hamme of Ames, Iowa; his stepbrothers, Tom, Mike and Mark Zimmerman; several other relatives and many dear friends.

Dusty was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Charles Hamme; a stepbrother, Gary Zimmerman; and his faithful canine companion, Monte.

A celebration of Dusty’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Post in Fox Lake, with chaplain Bob Lantz officiating. Immediately following the service a luncheon will be served with time to reminisce with family and friends.

Memorials may be directed to the family or visit us online at www.kratzfh.com to make online donations.

Kratz-Smedema Funeral Home in Fox Lake is serving the family.