In Memory of

Jeffrey W. Macfarlane

Jeffrey W. Macfarlane

I am sorry to report the passing of our dear SC carpenter.....Jeff Macfarlane.    He passed away this morning 7-22 early in the morning.    More details & obit when it is printed.  


Jeffrey William Macfarlane


Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel

3220 Stone Park Blvd

Sioux City, IA

Jeffrey William Macfarlane

Sioux City

Jeffrey William Macfarlane, of Sioux City, passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family at the age of 67.

A service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, July 30, in Stone State Park at the Wahkaw Shelter. Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel assisted with arrangements.

Jeff was born on July 14, 1954, to William "Bill" and Winnie Macfarlane. He was the second child of four and graduated from Central High School in 1972. He continued his education at Western Iowa Tech Community College in the carpentry program and later graduated from Trinity International University with a degree in Biblical Studies.

He married Holly Shira Macfarlane on Dec. 28, 1985. They raised four daughters together.

Jeff had a passion for lifelong learning. He spent time reading and listening to podcasts, as well as having theological discussions with his daughters and friends.

Jeff was a homebuilder for 45 years and his handy work can be seen all around Siouxland. He had a deep love for classical music and was a dedicated board member and supporter of the Sioux City Symphony.

He is survived by his wife, Holly; his four daughters, Hannah (Nick Kirkendall), Lucy (Alex Arroyo), Clara (Simon Coly), and Mae; his siblings, Doug (Connie Macfarlane), Betsy (Gary Shubert), and Gini (Hal Woolworth); his mother-in-law, Bee Shira; his sister-in-law, Jill Shira; grandchild, Maximilian Arroyo; and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Winnie; and his father-in-law, David Shira.

Jeff's family looks forward to supporting the Sioux City Symphony, the WITCC carpentry program, and First Presbyterian Church with memorial gifts.




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07/22/21 03:44 PM #1    

Rusty Clark

What I know so far about Jeff. 

Jeff developed lung cancer several years ago and had part of his upper lung removed.  They felt they had gotten it all.  About 2 to 3 years later the cancer returned so he was being treated with chimo recently.  Sometime in later March Jeff had a stroke but didn't know it.  It was discovered about a month ago when they wanted to do a whole body scan prior to Jeff having a liver biopsy to see if the cancer had spread. 

I went over to Jeff's house last week on his birthday to see him and if you didn't know he had had a wouldn't have known it.  They had made the decidion prior to his birthday to stop treating the cancer and go after the stroke cause(s).  He had a couple weeks of home therapy and then beginning last week they started actual physical and cognative therapy at Mercy hospital.  While at Mercy last Friday Jeff had another stroke..... this time much more devastating.  He/they experienced a couple really tough days & nights and decided to move Jeff back home with Hospice.  He was home for just a day or two before passing.

Holly, his wife tells me that Jeff passed very peacefully with Holly at his side and his daughter Claira singing to him at his bedside.  Sounds very peaceful.  

May he rest in peace......Prayers to all. 




PS- more to come.............

07/23/21 10:47 AM #2    

Jeffrey Watt Wooldridge

I have been keeping track of Jeff and his health issues for a short time. I spoke with him and Holly 10- days ago or so. He did seem like he was doing pretty good. Spoke fine had a little trouble with memory , short term, and his left arm wasn't at 100%. It is so sad as he was just a fantastice person and would do anything for you. He was what I consider one of my best friends. I am sad for his family. Keep his wife Holly and his girls in your thoughts and prayers. I am at a loss for words as I thought he would make it farther, I am very sad about losing him.

07/24/21 07:20 AM #3    

Nancy J Van Ness (Lake)

Jeff was not only a classmate by my next door neighbor for many years. I learned about his health situation when I reconnected with his sister, Betsy. Jeff was a good guy. Despite the fact that I  hung out at his house with his sisters all those years, he never said a mean word to me, as  boys have been  known to   I'm so sorry that he passed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the  Macfarlane family. He will be missed. 

07/24/21 06:52 PM #4    

Lee Bobier

So very saddened to hear of Jeffs passing, what a great guy. Prayers for a quick healing of the heart for his family.

07/25/21 06:20 PM #5    

Mark Hanna

Jeff will be missed by many of us! I'm grateful to have known him threw the years! He was on our class reunion committee and always supportive of what ever he could to join in on to give a helping hand! And talk about creative when it comes to carpentry! The man could build anything including Jeff Woldridge's home, which he did. I would run into Jeff at the Y in the mornings. I thought he had beat the cancer, which he did for a couple of years, until it came back! I offer my prayers to Holly and the girls, Rest In Peace Jeff! And God Bless! 


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