Garrett, John W.

Posted: Fri 1:52 PM, Mar 01, 2013
Funeral Home: Brown Funeral Home
John W. Garrett of Elizabethtown died at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at University of Louisville Hospital.

He entered this life on Sept. 11, 1944, in Auburn, the son of John H. “Buck” Garrett and Margaret Hazel Turner Garrett, both of whom preceded him in death.

He attended Centerville Junior and Senior High School and was drafted into the Army in 1965, went through basic at Fort Knox and artillery training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. He was a member of the Army’s 2nd Battalion, 31st Field Artillery and served in Vietnam from February 1966 to February 1967 and was honorably discharged on Sept. 16, 1968.

Johnny was a tool and dye maker and worked for Dana Corporation, where he retired in 2010. He had worked for various tool and dye shops from 1968 to 2010. He also worked on a riverboat on the Green and Ohio rivers for a period of time. He owned and operated a motorcycle repair shop for several years in Bowling Green and was a member of Gold Wing Road Riders Association.

In 2001, Johnny married his high school sweetheart, Rosie (Cook) Thompson. They have enjoyed riding motorcycles, traveling, watching NASCAR races, fishing and devoting themselves to each other until his death. Johnny also enjoyed shooting pool, playing golf and still enjoyed buying, fixing up and selling motorcross bikes.

He is survived by his wife, Rosie; a brother, Tom (Debbie) Garrett of Madison, Ind.; a niece, Jaclyn (Josiah) Tweedy and their children, Madelynn and Nathan; and a nephew, Andrew Garrett of Angola, Ind.

Funeral is at 9 a.m. CST Saturday at Brown Funeral Home, with pastor Bill MaGinn officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Auburn Cemetery at noon CST.

Visitation is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. CST today at Brown Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy may go to Hospitality House, 120 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202 in John’s honor.

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