William E. Garnett
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79, of Evansville, died Saturday, June 8, 2013.
Mr. Garnett was born January 24, 1934 in Evansville, IN to Edgar and Lois Garnett. He married Geraldine Hertweck on October 25, 1952.
William served in Korea in the 2nd Division, 9th Infantry Regiment, Fox Company of the United States Army. On October 8, 1951, during the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge, a mortar exploded near the foxhole of the young gunner, forcing his evacuation to a nearby MASH unit, thereby earning him the distinguished Purple Heart medal. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He worked for New-Kro Oil Company for 32 years.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Garnett, two siblings, Thomas "Gene" Garnett (Dixie), Opal Gunn, four children, Lisa Knauer (Bill), Susie Barter, Tim Garnett (Cindy), and Jim Garnett, as well as six grandchildren, Nicole Knauer, Chad Garnett, Ryan Garnett (Michelle), Christina Duley (Erik), Tony Garnett (fiance Nikki), and Stacy Barter, and four great-grandchildren, David E. Garnett, Noah Duley, Alyssa Duley, and Sophie Garnett, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Gene Barter and granddaughter Amanda Barter.
Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June11, at Ziemer Funeral Home North Chapel, 6300 N. First Ave., Evansville.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Retired Veteran's Memorial Club.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vanderburgh County Special Olympics, 14400 Browning Rd., Evansville, IN 47725 or The ALS Association Indiana Chapter, 6525 E. 82nd St., Ste. 115, Indianapolis, IN 46250.
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Published in Courier Press on June 10, 2013