Bill Edward Garrett

Services for Bill Garrett, 86, will be at 2 PM Thursday, Feb 7, 2013 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Bill died Feb. 2, 2013 in Overbrook.
Mr. Garrett was born Nov. 25, 1926 to Edward Earl and Nancy Ann Grammer Garrett in Lawrence. He attended Oak Ridge school in Grant Township and graduated from Liberty Memorial High School.
Mr. Garrett served in the United States Navy during WW II. He owned and operated Garrett’s Market for over 50 years. He was also President of Garrett & Son, Inc. Mr. Garrett build and started the Lawrence Tennis Club at Alvamar. He was a member of Centenary Methodist Church, American Legion Post #14, and Eagles FOE #309 all in Lawrence.
He married Barbara Hoskinson on Oct. 13, 1950. She died Aug. 13, 1982. He married Patti Rathbun Glenn on Sept. 3, 1983. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include a son, Michael Garrett; daughter Michele Simpson (Maurice); grandson, Kevin Horch, one sister, Blanche Timmerberg; step-sons, Charles, Gary & Tony Glenn; step-daughters, Barbara Glenn, Kathleen Steele (Bob), & Deborah Carrier (Andrew); step grandchildren, Charles Jr., David, Travis & Jessica, Shelly Glenn, Mark & Russell Lavin; step great-grandchildren, Skylar, Andrew, Kailea, Darion, Aron, Makayla, Erika, Austin, Bradly,Sabrina, Michael & Clarence.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Barbara; twin sister, Betty Ann; sister, Thelma Erline; and daughters, Kathy Garrett and Andrea Horch.
After retiring, Bill enjoyed traveling, and selling his produce at the Lawrence Farmers Market. He was a member of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee for several years and actively participated in the parades. In 2009 he was the Grand Marshal.
Bill & Patti have resided at Brookside Retirement Community in Assisted Living for ten months, Bill at the Brookside Manor the last month. Our heartfelt thanks to the entire Brookside Staff for their excellent and loving care.
Friends may call from 8 AM to 7 PM Wednesday at the funeral home, where the family will receive them from 4 PM to 6 PM.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brookside Memorial Fund, Brookside Retirement Community, LINK, in Lawrence or St Patrick’s Day Committee in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Alan Cobb...

Mike,PeeWee and the rest of the family. My condolences. I didn’t know of his passing, I would have attended. He was a fine man with a passion for people. Will never forget the market and gatherings at your place. I sent the obit to my brother Mike who worked there. Was a local institution.

From Shirley Simpson...

Michele and Garrett Family, my thoughts and prayers with you in this time of sorrow. May Bill RIP.

From Murvin Pearson...

My deepest sympathy to the Garrett family. I worked for Bill at his market, from 1958 to 1960, and again in 1964 after the Navy, for awhile. He was a real fine man. My wife Cathie, and I live in TX now, and when visiting Lawrence, we’d drop in on Bill and Pat once in awhile. Bill will be missed.

From Murl and Carla Westheffer...

Our deepest condolences to the Garrett family. Bill has a tremendous spirit and always had a certain twinkle in his eye that promised some sort of fun was about to happen. He will be missed.

From faye Welcher...

To the family of Bill Garrrett. So sorry for your loss. Bill was a great guy and loved by all. My best to Patti and all the family.

From Sue Stultz...

Pat and Kathy, so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know him well but know he was great person. Please know our thoughts are with all of you during this time of sorrow.

From Michael Frame...

My older brothers and I worked for Bill in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. He taught us the value of a dollar and hard work pays off. I have lived near San Francisco, CA since 1965 but always tried to connect/visit with Bill when I visited Lawrence – he was a special person in my life. Regretfully, I will not be able to attend his service due to family health challenges. Bill was an exceptional, kind and genuine person – I will miss him.

From Jill...

Grandpa: I will always remember the times when I would walk in the door and you would say “hello nurse”. Glad I could make you smile. Love you and say hi to my dad for me.

From Roxanne Medlen...

I worked for Mr. Garrett in my younger days at Garrett’s Market and have known his children all my life. He nicknamed me “Sunshine” which stuck with me and he was a very special person to me. I will miss him forever.

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