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Garrison, Herbert A. February 20, 1947 - February 18, 2020


Saturday, February 22, 2020

12:30 - 2:00 PM

Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel


Saturday, February 22, 2020

2:00 PM

Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel


Bear Creek Cemetery

Osceola, Missouri

Herbert Alan Garrison was born February 20, 1947 at home on the farm where he grew up near Gerster, MO to Richard Edward Garrison and Myrtle Ruby (Wisner) Garrison.  He passed peacefully at home on February 18, 2020.

Herb graduated from Osceola High School in 1965 and worked at the Ford plant until he was drafted into the army in 1966.  He served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1968. After his discharge, he came back to Osceola and was in the Laborers Union where he helped build the Osceola Housing.  He was then employed by the Missouri Department of Transportation where he worked for many years before retiring.

He was united in marriage to Betty Ann Redinger on July 10, 1970.  To this union two children were born, Gayla Annette in 1971 and Sara Lyneigh in 1974. Herb and Betty were married for 49 years in which they cherished the time they had with friends and family members. Herb took great pride in his family and in his quiet, subtle way instilled in his daughters a great respect for nature, hard work, honesty, and loyalty to family. Herb was a member of Bear Creek Church where he attended most of his life.

Herb loved the outdoors, and was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He enjoyed listening to his foxhounds run, setting trotlines, hunting for mushrooms, tending to his cattle on the farm, planting and watching his garden grow, and sharing his produce with family and friends. He recently enjoyed rabbit hunting with his new beagle, Jack.  Over the years he had many dogs, but none he was attached to as much as his buddy, Oscar.

He was not known to be much of a talker, but Herb loved to play his mandolin and sing bluegrass music. He looked forward to jam sessions at Bear Creek, Avery and Springfield, and expressed himself best through his music.  He played with the Bear Creek band at many local functions and nursing homes.

Herb was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Lyneigh. He is survived by his wife, Betty; one daughter, Gayla Carney and her husband, Paul; son-in-law, Chad Whitesell and his wife, Beth; six grandchildren: Nate, Kaylee, and Drew Carney; Jaycob Jamsek (& Chelsie), and Cade and Gage Whitesell; and three great-grandchildren: Finley, Anson, and Kimber Lyneigh.



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    Bob Ziajor says

    Sorry to hear about Herb passing away. He was such a great classmate and friend! My condolences to Betty and the family!🙏🏻

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    Barbara Hash says

    Herb was a wonderful gentle and kind man. He will be missed by many.

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      Clara Horner says

      Betty, my heart goes out to you and your family at this time. May God give you comfort now and for the days to come

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    Jerrie Dayton says

    So sorry to lose Herb. What a great man and wonderful musician. He will be missed by the family so much. I pray for strength and peace during this difficult time. Love to all.

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    Joyce & Jake says

    He will be missed by so many! My heart aches for the family…..play your music in Heaven, Herb…. the angels are rejoicing that you’re in their band!

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    Michael Higgins says

    Very sorry to hear about Herb’s passing. He left us too soon. He touched many lives and made many contributions through his music.

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    Clarence Winans --Joplin, Mo says

    God bless Herb’s family and friends. He will be remembered by his co-workers as a great guy. He was always pleasant and thoughtful.

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    Helen Gover says

    Betty, I’m so sorry to hear about Herb. The Garrisons are and were a big part of the Bear Creek community when I was growing up. May God bless you and your family!

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    Steve Chambers says

    Betty, it was an honor to meet Herb, you, Gayla, and the family. He was a strong and resolute man. I wish I could have heard him play that mandolin!

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    Gladys Smith says

    I am so sorry for your loss Betty….prayers and gentle hugs to you and your family. Herb will be missed by so many people.

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    Bob and Lorinda Gregg says

    Betty you already know that Herb stands tallest among men, literally and figuratively. Playing music for him was a joy for this “flat lander”. Every word he said to me was an honor for me to hear, and I’ll never forget that last handshake. Even on that day it was firm, and earnest. I look forward to the next time we get together to play music. In fact I can’t wait! Lorinda and I send our love.

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    Kathleen Hiltunen says

    Kathleen and Evelyn send regards to Herb’s family. We were honored to finally meet Herb and Betty and family this past October. We feel honored that the Good Lord gave us the chance to be able to meet Herb before he passed. Blessings on his friends and family at this time.

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    Art Logan says

    So sorry to hear about Herb. He will be missed.

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