Johnny Garner |

Johnny Garner

Johnny Garner, 70, of Grand Junction, passed away September 12, 2015.

Johnny was born March 22, 1945, in Hayden, CO, to Richard and Aurora Garner. He was a big brother to Ricky, Lenny and Carla. He grew up in Palisade. He then joined the Marines and fought in Vietnam. He returned as a decorated veteran.

In 1969, he married Connie Walcher, and they had two children, Heather and Ryan. After retiring as a job developer and musician he loved to volunteer at the Veterans Hospital, and the Eagles and the Elks Lodges. He had a lifetime love of fishing with brother Ricky, gardening, singing, songwriting, being with his family and finding a good bargain.

Johnny’s family of Connie, Heather and John Frey, Ryan and Teresa; his grandchildren, Trevor, Parker, Megan, Kaelan and Korinne; siblings, Carla and Lenny; and numerous nieces and nephews will miss him.

A memorial reception will be held on Monday, September 21st, at Eagles Lodge at 11:00 a.m. in Grand Junction. The military service will be held at Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. also in Grand Junction.

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The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children or the Wounded Warrior Project.

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