Mar. 26, 1949 - Sept. 30, 2012
Leonard Jay Farbman
Leonard J. Farbman, 63, of Huntsville, Alabama passed away on Sunday.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Evelyn Farbman, and his grandson, Raymond Farbman.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Susan; sons, Mark (Keersten), of Alpharetta, Georgia; and Joel (Melissa), of Huntsville; four grandchildren, Hailey and Blake, of Alpharetta; and Rachel and Michael, of Huntsville; a brother, Harvey (Kathy), and a nephew, Paul, of Austintown, Ohio.
Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, (Mahoning County) Len graduated from Youngstown State University with a B.A. in political science.
In 1972 he began his Federal career as a personnel intern at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Indiana.
At Fort Harrison he served as an Employee Development Specialist and as a Classifier.
Before moving to Huntsville in 1981, he was instrumental in establishing human resource practices for the Office of Surface Mining, a new agency of the Department of the Interior.
At Redstone Arsenal, he first was a Staffing Specialist and then served as the Chief of the Technical Services Division. Before his retirement in February 2012, he was a Supervisory Personnel Management Specialist and Chief of the Processing Division in the regional Civilian Personnel Operations Center.
A sports and fitness enthusiast, he spent many years as a step aerobics instructor at the Huntsville Athletic Club and the Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church.
He was an avid tennis player, golfer, and bowler and had coached his sons' Little League baseball teams.
He was a 30-year member of Temple B'nai Sholom, where he had served on the Board of Trustees and as Religious School Co-principal and teacher of the Pre-confirmation class.
The funeral service will be Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., at Laughlin Service Funeral Home with interment to follow at Maple Hill Cemetery. (www.laughlinservice.com
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Leonard's name may be made to Temple B'nai Sholom or Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio.