Paul Eugene Garrett age 91, of Greenville passed away at 3:24 AM on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville. Paul was born November 1, 1925, in Rossburg to the late John Orville & Rowena Agnes (Westfall) Garrett.
Paul is survived by his wife, Judith “Coleen” (Flannery) Garrett; children, Teresa Jo & Dale Galis of South Elgin, Illinois, Pat Eugene & Karen Garrett of Crystal Lake, Illinois, Rebecca Ann & Jim Harris of Claremore, Oklahoma and Daniel Jay & Brenda Garrett of Altoona, Iowa; step-children, Larry & Karole Hamilton of Venice, Florida, Wayne Hamilton of Umatilla, Florida, Cindy Henninger of Greenville, Lisa Brickler of Greenville and Angela & Bryan Hart of Troy; 8 grandchildren and 14 step-grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and 18 step-great grandchildren; brother, Art & Carol Garrett of Godfrey, Illinois; sisters, Susie Clark of Greenville, Nancy Shiverdecker of Greenville and Sandra Grillot of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Paul was also preceded in death by his 1st wife, Mary Mae (Miller) Garrett; son-in-law, Jeff Jonsson; brothers, John Henry, Lewis, Roger and James Garrett; and sisters, Germaine Buckingham and Donna Kissinger.
Paul served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Paul retired from Abbott Laboratories in Lake Forest, Illinois where he was an electronic engineer. Paul’s number 1 passion was radio controlled airplanes; he loved working on them and designing electronic components for them. Paul invented radio controlled speed controllers for model airplanes. Paul also had a patent for a liquid crystal display in blood diagnostic machines. He had a fondness for music and could play many musical instruments, most recently the dulcimer. Paul was a member of the Triumphant Christian Center in Greenville.
A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 23, 2017, at the Triumphant Christian Center 1129 South Town Court Greenville with Rev. Sam Shilot officiating and full military honors conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. Burial will be in Harris Creek Cemetery in Bradford at a later date. The family will receive friends on Friday from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Triumphant Christian Center in Greenville. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com