This past week through our grief we bid farewell to our brother, Paul Garton. Paul passed away on July 28 at the age of 87. He and Mrs. Christine had been married for 69 years. Many of us reading this do not know many couples who have reached this milestone. Recently, I had a waiter to ask how long Tracie and I were married, to which we answered, “Twenty-five years this year.” He later stopped by our table and said, “I couldn’t make it seven years; I don’t see how you do it.” The Gartons are such a tremendous example of, “till death do us part.” We are grateful for their marriage. Their family was made up of five children: Bryan, Richard, Joyce, and Carolyn who grieve their father’s passing and Cynthia Lynne Keckler, who proceeded her father in death.
The Gartons have been members at MJ since 2006. Paul has always been friendly, personable, and appreciative. He was a good man, child of God, servant to our country, and lover of his family. To give honor to where honor is due the United States of America awarded this World War II Veteran a Bronze Star Medal for his brave service during combat. After returning home and beginning a family, Paul worked for many years and retired from Sunbeam Bakery.
To his kind widow and our sister Christine, to his brother-in-law John Coles and the rest of the family, JoAnne, Greg and Annie Earhart and to Paul’s entire family we express our sincere sorrow. Our prayers are with you.