The man who desired “peace in God’s presence” has arrived in heaven to join his beloved wife. Dayle Elwood Garrett passed away June 11, 2019, at his home in Columbia, Missouri.
Dayle was born Sept. 16, 1919, in Money Creek Township, McLean County, Illinois, the son of Sanford and Kittie (Hefner) Garrett. His siblings, Cecil Clifford Garrett and Mozelle Garrett Wilken, preceded him in death.
He was married to Florance Louise Berner Garrett for 65 years, having met in choir at the First Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, Illinois. She passed away in 2009.
After graduating from Lexington Community (Illinois) High School, Dayle attended Illinois State Normal University and graduated with a bachelor of education in 1942.
As part of “The Greatest Generation,” after graduating college, Dayle enlisted in the Army of the United States on Aug. 29, 1942. He received his honorable discharge on Nov. 8, 1945, as Staff Sergeant in the Stockade Military Police Command having earned the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Service Ribbon and World War II Victory Service Ribbon.
On Nov. 15, 1945, Dayle received a Certificate of Commendation for Especially Meritorious and Outstanding Service from Headquarters Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia.
During his service to his country, he returned to Bloomington and married Florance on Feb. 5, 1944. She returned with him to active duty, and their first two children, twins, were born at the military hospital at a cost of $7.
Dayle returned from active duty and joined State Farm Insurance as a life underwriter at their corporate office in Bloomington. After several promotions, Dayle was asked to open the new State Farm Missouri-Kansas regional office, in Columbia, Missouri, as the Life Company Regional Manager in 1960.
He retired from State Farm in 1983 after 37 years of dedicated service. At his retirement, he was asked what his hobbies were. He replied, “Florance.”
His love of music and beautiful tenor voice opened doors for him during college, his service in the Army and several theatrical productions. He enjoyed sharing this gift at weddings, funerals and while singing in church choirs in Bloomington, Columbia and Clearwater, Florida.
Dayle is survived by his five children, Sharen Garrett and Jill Bacon of Columbia, Missouri, Karen Hiler (Lanny) of Thousand Oaks, California, Mikel Garrett (Cheryl) of Wildwood, Missouri, and Amy Gonzales (Edward) of Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
He has enjoyed the adoring love of his 11 grandchildren, Kevin, Ren, Rita, Taylor, Sarah, Garrett, Kelsey, Molly, Noah, Emiline and Bess; plus four great-grandchildren, Nathaniel, Anna, Campbell and Graham.
Dayle has enjoyed the ability to stay in his home because of the undying care, love and devotion of his daughter, Sharen.
Services for this incredible man, who never judged anyone and accepted all with kindness, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt St., Columbia, Missouri. The family invites you to a reception immediately following the service in the Ramsey Fellowship Center at the church.
Dayle has requested any contributions in his memory be sent to the church. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”