Joel Garner, 92, was born June 12, 1919 to Joel C. and Mar¬tina Garner. He passed away Sept. 6, 2011.
He was born in Spangle and the family moved to Colville when he was eight-years-old. He graduated from Colville High School in 1937.
While working at Boeing in 1941, he married his sweetheart, Helen Harris, on Christmas day. Six months later, he joined the Navy and was off to fight in WWII. He served on the USS Quincy and the USS Nevada and advanced to the rank of Boatswain’s Mate 2nd class. Up until a few days before his death, he could still blast your ears out with his Boatswain’s whistle (just ask the doctors and nurses in the hospital!). He fought in the D-Day invasion and was in Tokyo Bay for the surrender of Japanese forces.
After the war, he and Helen returned to Colville to finish the home he had started building when he was only 19 years old. Always a hard worker, he dug the entire basement of his house by hand. While working as a postal clerk by day and carpenter by night, Joel provided well for the four children he and Helen raised. In 1964, they bought property on Lake Sherry, where Joel built a cabin, which is still the family’s favorite place to be. Joel served on the Colville City Planning Commission and was a member of the Congregational Church for almost 60 years. Joel’s main goal in life was to make sure his family had everything they needed and he succeeded admirably.
Joel is survived by his children, Larry Garner and wife Kristie; Dennis Garner; and Vickie Sienknecht and husband Cece.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and daughter, Janis.
He is also survived by his siblings, Norman Garner and Lois Terry, and grandchildren, Ryan Garner, Trisha Rebman, and Alison Garner. He also had six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the First Congregational Church, 205 N. Maple, Colville.
The Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.
The family would like to thank the staff at Providence Mt. Carmel Hospital for their compassion and loving care in their father’s final days.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Congregational Church or to the Colville Public Library Improvement Club.
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