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Garner W. Sherwood

October 17, 1925 March 27, 2015
Garner W. Sherwood
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Garner William Sherwood, a lifelong resident of the area, died at his home, in the care of his family, on Friday morning, the 27th of March, 2015. He was 89 years old. He was born on October 17, 1925 to Alton John Sherwood and Lucy Nichols Sherwood on the family farm on West Commerce Road, Milford, Michigan, owned by Alfred and Alice Garner, Lucy�s foster parents. In 1927 both families moved to the town of Highland. The Garner�s, for whom Garner was named, lived near Smith Mobile gas station; his parents bought a house on nearby South Center Street.
As a child of The Great Depression, he remembered that whenever his father brought home his pay, his mother would immediately divide it up among various envelopes, each labeled for a budget item. He often said he did not realize until he was much older how tough times really were.
He started school in 1931 when he entered the first grade in the two-room schoolhouse stood at the corner of M-59 and Milford Road. A new, larger school was built and this is where he went through the eighth grade. All the Highland children were bussed to Milford High School on Hickory Street west of downtown Milford.
His playmates were the other children who lived in the town of Highland and were collectively known as �townies�. They usually played at his house in the vacant lot in the summer time and often skated during the winter on Pickerel Lake.
Inducted into the Army May 1944, he became part of the newly formed 13th airborne division and trained as a heavy gunner and light truck driver. As a glider infantryman, he received monthly hazard of $50.00, instead of the usual $18.00. He shipped to France and was alerted twice for battle, but did not have to go either time.
Upon discharge, he worked for Huff Refrigeration and went to electrical school in downtown Detroit on the GI Bill. He met and married Loris Armstrong on September 26, 1947. He started his own refrigeration business but worked at Ford Motor Company in Milford winters to supplement income, and eventually trained there as a tool and die maker. The second half of his work career was with Numatics as foreman of the prototype department. He used his many skills and his creative ability to invent items that helped numerous friends and neighbors, whom he often referred to as �the widows and the orphans�.
West Highland Baptist Church and West Highland Christian Academy have seen him work many hours in service to these organizations for the love and glory of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Garner Sherwood was an easy man to like. He had a ready smile, a down to earth manner and a willingness to pitch in and do his part to build, or better or fix or figure out most problems. He followed the scriptural instructions to love God and love his neighbors and was an exemplar of faith and hope and love. He built his home on Highland Road, where he and Loris would raise their family. He finished the work in time for the birth of their daughter, Cynthia in 1950 and son, Perry in 1952. Perry married Penny Gulick in 1974 and to them were born three daughters. Jessica (Daniel Palmer), Melissa (Chad Flanagan), and Maureen (Holly Morgan). He passed away as the proud great grandfather of Jeremiah, Jackson, Rownin, Tavin, and Rhylen. His nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends will also miss him greatly.
Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Tuesday, March 31, from 2-9PM. A Funeral Service will be held at the West Highland Baptist Church, 1116 S. Hickory Ridge Rd., Highland Twp., on Wednesday, April 1, at 11AM with Pastor Tom Roberts officiating. Burial and Military Honors will follow at West Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to West Highland Baptist Church, West Highland Christian Academy or Great Lakes Caring Hospice. For further information please phone 248-684-6645 or visit


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