Dorothy Farnsworth

Dorothy Jean Farnsworth

1929 - 2021

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Obituary of Dorothy Jean Farnsworth

Dorothy Jean (Hornung) Farnsworth, died March 10, 2021 in Bullhead City, Arizona. Dorothy Jean Hornung was born January 13, 1929, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Albert and Evelyn (Albrecht) Hornung. She graduated from University High School in 1947, although the Iowa City City High School Class of 1944 made her an honorary member. She married Donald E. “Bones” Farnsworth on November 11, 1948. They both became staunch supporters of University of Iowa football. Every Saturday morning of home games they could always be found tailgating in the parking lot with either chili or sandwiches and cold beverages for any Hawkeye fan that stopped by. They often travelled to away games as well. She worked for the University of Iowa Evaluation and Examination Services until her retirement in December 1980 when she and Don moved to Mission, Texas. They lived in Mission, Texas until Don’s death in March of 2004. Dorothy lived for a number of years with her daughter and family in Fort Worth, Texas before relocating back to Iowa City where she stayed until October 2017. At that time, she began living with her son, Michael and his wife in Laughlin, Nevada. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Donald; half-siblings, Caroline Hornung, Barbara Hill, Karen Braselton, Robert and David Farnsworth. Surviving Dorothy are her children, Richard and his wife, Barbara of Iowa City, Michael and his wife Pam of Laughlin, Nevada and daughter, Nancy and her husband, Paul Dunlap of Fort Worth, Texas; six grandchildren, Shalene Sahmalzbauer, Jason Farnsworth and wife Hannah, Krista Christensen and husband Tyler, Katherine Dunlap, Paul Dunlap III and Christopher Dunlap; one great-grandchild, Noah Christensen; one half-sister, Sue Rojohn of Grinnell and many nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held from 4-6pm Tuesday, March 23rd at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. Private graveside services for the family will be held at Memory Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established to support causes close to Dorothy. To share a thought, memory or condolence with her family please visit the funeral home website @


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Gay & Ciha Funeral And Cremation Service
2720 Muscatine Ave.
Iowa City, Iowa, United States

Private Family Burial

Memory Gardens Cemetery
2600 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, Iowa, United States