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Norman Russell Garnett

July 30, 1941 June 14, 2013
Norman Russell Garnett
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Obituary for Norman Russell Garnett

Norman Russell "Wimpy" Garnett, a longtime resident of White Lake, died at his home there in the care of his family on Friday evening, June 14, 2013. He was 71 years old. Born in Rochester, Michigan on July 30, 1941, Norm was the youngest son of Charles Henry and Veda M. (Clyne) Garnett. After graduating from Rochester High School in 1959, he joined the U.S. Navy and served honorably until November of 1963 when he was discharged into the Naval Reserve. He went to work at Pontiac Motors. In 1966 he met Mary Hacker on a blind date. He fell deeply in love and after a suitable courtship, the two were married at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Walled Lake on March 5, 1977.

They settled in Waterford and then moved to White Lake Township and after many years with Pontiac Motors, Norm retired in the late nineties. Whether it was his Navy training or years in the factory, Norm relied on his beloved Mary to set the day's agenda and give him good orderly direction. When, early in retirement, Mary told him he better get some honest, gainful labor, he followed her good counsel. That's when Norm came to work with Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors in Milford where for nearly fifteen years, he assisted with visitations, lining funeral processions and filing of paperwork. Norm was a human GPS, who knew his way around the circuitous routes of the Lakes District and the rest of Oakland County. He was great at getting doctors' certifications and filing with county clerks.

Norm enjoyed bowling and golf and bowled in leagues for many years. He took up poker with the guys at the office after his knees gave out. He had a great sense of humor and loved the camaraderie of his colleagues at the funeral home and the chance to serve people in their time of need. The clergy recognized in Norm a man of principle and character and real kindness.

Norm Garnett is survived by Mary, his wife of 37 years, and by his brothers, Bernard, Arvin, and Orville, and his sister, Delores McGuire. His brothers Marvin and Clare preceded him in death. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews, colleagues and friends who mourn Norms death while giving thanks to God for his life among them.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 AM at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E Liberty Street, in Milford where friends may visit on Monday from 2-9PM. Following cremation, his ashes will be entombed with Military Honors at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Memorial Contributions to Angela Hospice or the Humane Society are greatly appreciated.

For further information, please phone Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248.684.6645.


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