Orville M. Garrison, 83, of Paola, Kan., died Tuesday, April 20, 2004, at his home.
Born Sept. 8, 1920, in Boonville, he was the son of the late George M. Sr. and Susie I. Bledsoe Garrison. He grew up and attended school in the Boonville area. On March 23, 1942, in Fort Jackson, S.C., he married Edna Fetters, whom he later divorced. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the 231st Armored Field Artillery Division throughout Normandy, France, Belgium and Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and returned to Boonville before making his home in Paola in 1946. He worked as a backhoe operator for Pan Handle Eastern Pipeline Company before retiring in 1985 after being employed there for 40 years. After his retirement, he mowed at Maple Vista Apartment complex and the Veterans of Foreign Wars post. He was a lifetime member of Paola V.F.W. and past member of the American Legion in Paola.
Survivors include three daughters, Sue E. Jeffress of Marshall, Shirley A. King of Boonville and Pamela B. Fouts of St. Peters; one son, Orville M. Garrison II of Broken Arrow, Okla.; two brothers, George M. Garrison Jr. of Paola and Charles Garrison of Marshall; four sisters, Lorene Jackson of Boonville, Isabelle Jackson of Boonville, Mary Martha Simmons of Boonville, Evelyn Smith of Lee's Summit and Ola Mae Henderson of Muscatine, Iowa; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters and one grandson.