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Gayle L. Garrett

Gayle L. Garrett, age 82, of rural Lamar, passed away early Wednesday morning, October 9, 2013 at Truman Healthcare Center where he had been a resident for the past three weeks.      Gayle was born December 28, 1930 near Columbus, Kansas, the youngest of the three children of Charles and Addie Mae (Shearer) Garrett.  After graduating from Girard High School in 1948, he went to North Dakota where he worked for the U.S. Geological Department.  Returning to Girard, he married Elizabeth D. Humble June 28, 1952 and they made their home and raised their family on dairy farms in southeastern Kansas.  In addition to being a dairyman, Gayle also worked in a soybean plant and delivered gas and propane. In 1979 they brought their dairy operation to Barton County, milking until 1992.    After retiring, Gayle was active in his community as a driver for Lamar Enterprises, T.A.T.S., ABC Transportation and the Lucky Dime newspaper.  He will be remembered by many for his willingness to serve others, going above and beyond whenever and where ever there was a need.  Gayle was a member of Oakton United Methodist Church.      Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth, of the home; four sons and their wives, Bill & Colleen Garrett, Golden City, Bob & Juanell Garrett, LaHarpe, Kansas, Larry & Dawn Garrett, Jasper, and Gerry & Robbin Garrett, Lamar;  13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Loren Garrett, and a sister, Nadine Piolette.      Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time.  Burial will be in Girard City Cemetery.      Memorial contributions are suggested to Truman Area Transportation Service (T.A.T.S.) in care of the funeral home.
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