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Richard Garner

Richard Loraine “Dick” Garner, 77, St. Louis, died Friday, July 5, 2013, at his home.
He was born July 8, 1935, in Iola, to the late Vernon “Bus” Garner and Gladys Williams Garner. He was the fourth of five children.
Richard grew up in Iola and was a student in the Iola School District until he graduated in 1953. He went on to attend Allen County Junior College for two years. Taking a break from education, Richard served his country proudly in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1959.
After serving in the military he returned to what he was most passionate about, education. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree at Pittsburg State University in 1961. Richard went on to gain four master’s degrees, including a Master of Science from Pittsburg State University. While pursuing higher education, he became a teacher in the St. Louis School District. He taught students at Soldan and Vashon high schools. He also worked with Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Richard never missed an opportunity to teach both in and outside of the classroom. He traveled the world to South Africa, where he taught children in camps. He also made voyages to South America and Jerusalem. He strived to be better than better. His laugh could light up a room, and his excitement and enthusiasm were contagious.
He is survived by his oldest brother Vernon “Red” Garner, oldest sister Phyllis Garner Bass and younger sister Janice Garner Lane. He was married twice. From those relationships he leaves three stepsons to cherish his memory, Gary, Carl and Dan; a host of nieces and nephews; his best buddy Don and a host of relatives and friends.
Richard was preceded in death by his brother Ronnie Garner and parents, Vernon “Bus” Garner and Gladys William Garner.
Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Highland Cemetery in Iola.
Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences for the family may be left at, www.iolafuneral.com.

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