Howard Wesley Garner passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in Vancouver, Wash. He was born on September 22, 1925, in Echo, Ore., to Lorraine and William Garner.
Howard spent most of his childhood years in eastern Oregon and Missouri before moving to The Dalles, Ore. In 1944 he joined the army as an infantryman and fought in World War II where he earned a Purple Heart.
Once he returned from the war, he married Jeanne Flaig of The Dalles, Ore., in March of 1947. They were married for 53 years until her death in March of 2000.
Howard spent his early adult years in the grocery business, which brought him to Vancouver. He then changed careers and became a successful real estate broker for over 20 years in the Vancouver area.
In his retirement he enjoyed spending time dancing, playing cards and traveling between Desert Hot Springs, California, and Riverdale, North Dakota, with his longtime companion, Margaret Wadsworth.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne, and his sisters Wilma Wilkes and Irene George. He is survived by his remaining siblings Ila Stewart and Henry Garner, both of Portland, Ore., and William Garner of The Dalles, Ore.; his children, Randy Garner and his wife Kamion of Boise, Idaho, and Candace Baker of Vancouver; his grandchildren, Molly Manning and her husband Jeff, of Chapin, S.C., and Meagan Baker of Vancouver; and his great-grandchildren, Jackson Manning and Patrick Manning.
The family wants to thank Hospice of SW Washington, as well as the staff of Prestige Senior Living-Bridgewood. With the love and care from these individuals, our father was able to enjoy the last nine months of his life. We especially want to thank our father’s second love, Margaret.
The family is planning a celebration of life on Sunday, July 31, from 3-5 PM, at the home of Candace Baker, 12817 SE 24th St, Vancouver, WA 98683. If you wish to acknowledge Howard, please send donations in his name to the Humane Society for SW Washington or Hospice of SW Washington..
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