COLONIE, New York — Major Michael Richard Garling, U.S. Army, 35, died suddenly Friday, July 11, 2014, as a result of a motorcycle accident that was not his fault near Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Mike was born in Albany, New York, on Sept. 1, 1978, attended Sand Creek Middle School and was a 1997 graduate of Colonie Central High School. He joined the National Guard at the age of 17 and did his basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 2001, he graduated from the University at Albany and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army. He was a graduate of Missouri University of Science & Technology with a Master of Science Degree in Geology and the Army Command & General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Major Garling served three combat tours of duty in Iraq in 2004, 2006 and 2009 and one tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2011. In recognition of his service, he was awarded three Bronze Star Medals.
Mike loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking, camping, kayaking, mountain biking and riding his motorcycle.
He is the beloved husband of Katherine Simpson Garling formerly of Sidney, Ohio, whom he married on June 14, 2014, in Bailey, Colorado, loving son of Edward S. Barnes, III and Ellen Jones Garling-Barnes, dear brother of Christen Garling (fiance' Naser Sweet), Danielle Barnes Premo (Jason Premo), Edward S. Barnes IV (Rebekah Barnes); uncle of Ethan Daniel, Brittney and Kassidy Premo, David and Taylor Brelia, grandson of Edward S. Barnes, Jr., son in law of Joyce Pack and brother in law of Shelby Simpson (fiancé Aubrey Rodriguez) of Denver, CO. Also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by Frederick H. Garling Jr. (father), Richard and Elizabeth Jones (maternal grandparents), Paul and Helen Coleman (paternal grandparents) and Paulina Barnes (paternal grandmother).
The funeral service with full military honors will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Bowen & Parker Bros. Funeral Home, 97 Old Loudon Road, Latham, New York, with visitation prior to the service from 9 to 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850 (fisherhouse.org) or to HART (Homeless Animals Rescue Team), PO Box 7261, Fairfax Station, VA 22039 (hart90.org).
Condolence book at bowenandparkerbros.com.