John F. Garrison

john garrison

January 13, 1928 ~ September 6, 2017

John F. Garrison, age 89, of Mulberry Grove, IL passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL. A mass of Christian burial will be conducted Monday, September 11, 2017 at 10AM at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Tolono, IL. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Tolono. Friends may call Sunday, September 10, 2017 after 4 PM at Young Funeral Home in Greenville and also Monday after 9 AM at the church. There will be a prayer service Sunday evening at 7 PM at Young Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to The Lions Foundation or The Mulberry Grove School District.

John was born January 13, 1928 in Raleigh, IL to Arthur and Cora (Hankins) Garrison. He married Loretta Magsamen on June 2, 1951 in Tolono, IL. She died April 8, 2011. He is survived by his children Judy Garrison of Champaign, IL, Mike Garrison of Peoria, IL, David Garrison of Greenwood, IN, and Mark Garrison and his wife Lorri of Greenville. He is also survived by two grand daughters Megan Neece and Morgan Walker along with six great grandchildren Easton Walker, Taitem Walker, Tenley Walker, Harper Neece, Connell Neece, and Ayla Neece. He was preceded in death by his wife, a brother James Garrison, and a sister Lillie Johnson.

He grew up in Raleigh, IL and graduated from Eldorado High School. He graduated from The University of Illinois in 1951 with a batchelors degree in Agriculture. He served in the U.S. Army from October 1951 to October of 1953. He also received a master's degree in education from The University of Illinois He also received an advanced certificate of education which is known Masters of 32 Advanced Certificate of Education also from The University of Illinois. He taught school in Plato Center, IL, Warren, IL, and Bardolph, IL. before moving to Mulberry Grove, IL in 1967 where he served as principal and then superintendent for 18 years before retiring in 1985.

He was a member of the Mulberry Grove Lions Club, St. Lawrence Church, Knights of Columbus Council 11707, and The Vandalia American Legion. He spent many years supervising St. Lawrence Church's Lenten Fish Dinners.

Sunday, September 10, 2017
4:00 PM 9/10/2017 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 9/10/2017 7:00:00 PM
Young Funeral Home

118 E College Avenue
Greenville, IL 62246

Young Funeral Home
118 E College Avenue Greenville 62246 IL
United States
Monday, September 11, 2017
10:00 AM 9/11/2017 10:00:00 AM
St. Patrick's Catholic Church

212 East Washington Street
Tolono, IL 61880

St. Patrick's Catholic Church
212 East Washington Street Tolono 61880 IL
United States

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  1. John was a really nice guy. My folks always said that when my Dad was Road Commissioner that during the big snows back in the 70's and John was Superintendent at Mulberry Grove that he was always nice when he called to check on the roads for the school. When my Mom was in the Nursing Home as was Mrs Garrison, John was there all the time and he was always nice to Mom. I always enjoyed visiting with him.

  2. So sorry for the family to hear this. I'll always remember him as a kind, caring man who loves his family. As Superintendent of MGHS, he always had the students backs and their best interest at heart. RIP Mr, Garrison. Kim Lutz

  3. John was a man of purpose, clear and direct with little acceptance of diversion for the goal at hand. Be the objective family, Church, profession, or the most recent, immediate task needing attention, he was focused on meeting the challenge. My four years working with John for the St. Lawrence Lenten Fish Dinner program confirmed that he ran hard toward his savored goals, and usually succeeded. His devotion to Loretta at Fair Oaks was inspirational. Thanks, John!

  4. My sincere condolences for your loss. I can see that John was a man of faith, and the best place for us to find real hope and comfort when we lose a loved one is our Heavenly Father and his word, the Bible. At Isaiah 26:19, Jehovah God promises us, "Your dead will live… And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life." That means that in the near future, God will bring our loved ones back to life. For you personally, that means you can be reunited with John, as well as anyone else you have lost in death.

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