Garman Lavern Elder Jr. | 05/10/2024 Obituary 2024

Garman Lavern Jr., Beloved Father and Grandfather, Passes Away at 83

Garman Lavern Jr., Beloved Father and Grandfather, Passes Away at 83

Lakeville, MN – It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Garman Lavern Jr., a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who passed away peacefully from cancer on May 10, 2024, surrounded by the love of his family.

Born on January 27, 1941, in Des Moines, Iowa, Garman grew up in the charming town of Belle Plaine, Minnesota, where he graduated from high school in 1959.

In 1960, Garman found his soulmate in Loretta, and the two embarked on a beautiful journey together. They settled in Belle Plaine and later moved to Richfield, Minnesota, where they lovingly raised their two children, Annette and Mick.

Garman’s career soared as the respected Facility Director at Hennepin Faculty, where he dedicated his expertise for many years. In 2005, he retired in style, celebrating with a grand party at his favorite restaurant, Mancini’s Char House.

Beyond his professional life, Garman’s passions ignited in the world of collecting. His keen eye for Jim Beam decanters, coins, and NASCAR memorabilia transformed into a profound hobby that brought him immense joy. He proudly held the title of President of the Gopher State Jim Beam Club, where he shared his enthusiasm with fellow collectors and showcased his impressive collection nationwide.

As Garman and Loretta embraced their retirement, they found solace and adventure in the sunny paradise of Westgate, Florida. Each winter, they indulged in mini-golf challenges, competing to break their own records. Garman’s legendary appetite extended to his beloved Boston Lobster Feast, where he holds the astonishing record of devouring 23 whole lobsters in one sitting.

Back home in Minnesota, Garman cherished Saturday night card games with his dear neighbors, Paul and Julie. His heart overflowed with joy during visits to Valley Fair with his great-grandchildren. He eagerly joined them on rides, even squeezing into kiddie roller coaster seats with a smile.

Garman’s legacy of love and laughter will forever be etched in the hearts of his family and friends. He is survived by his devoted wife, Loretta; his beloved children, Annette (Steve) Viens and Michael “Mick” (Lanette) Elder; his five adored granddaughters, Melissa (Joe) Winterer, Jessica (Adam) Williams, Rebecca (Sam) Casalenda, and Makayla and Makenzee Elder; his four precious great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Matthew, Leo, and Gigi; his siblings, Carman (Gerald) Meyer, Peggy Harsh (Joe Jendro), and Robert (Carrie) Elder; and a multitude of cherished nieces, nephews, family members, and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in honor of Garman at St. Peter’s Catholic Church (6730 Nicollet Ave, Richfield, MN) on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 11:00 AM. Family and friends are invited to gather at the church from 9:00 AM onwards.

Garman will be laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery in a private ceremony at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to the American Cancer Society in memory of Garman Lavern Jr. Your contributions will support vital cancer research and patient care, honoring Garman’s indomitable spirit.

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