Robert L. Garrett Jr.

March 29, 1924March 14, 2013

Bloomington – Robert L. Garrett, Jr., 88 of Bloomington, IL passed away at 12:55 pm Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community in Chenoa, IL.

Visitation will be from 5 – 8 pm Thursday, March 21, 2013 at East Lawn Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 10 am Friday at the funeral home.Inurnment will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Robert/Laura I.S.U. Women’s Basketball Scholarship Fund or to Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community. Online tributes and condolences may be made at

Robert was born on March 29, 1924 in Alton, IL the son of Robert L. Garrett and Della Garrett. He married Laura Schumacher on June 22, 1952.

Surviving is his wife Laura, sons David (Cheryl) and Mark (Kelly) all of Bloomington, grandsons Danny (Colleen), Christopher, and Ian, granddaughter Mallory, great grandsons Eric, Maverick, and Bradley, two sisters Mary Sieg and Irene Fulkerson, three half-brothers John, Rollin, and Floyd, and two step-sisters Lucile Drum and Louise Schmidt.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Harold, two half-sisters, two step-brothers, and two step-sisters.

Robert graduated from Bloomington High School and attended Illinois State University. He served in the United States Navy and Fleet Marines during World War II. He retired from State Farm as a computer analyst.

He was an avid golf enthusiast starting as a caddy at Highland Park Golf Course. He and his good buddy, Cleo Yantz, won several city golf association awards. He bowled many years and taught in the youth bowling programs. Robert took up skiing at age 59 and taught at Chestnut Mountain, IL, Keystone and Copper Mountain, CO.

A special thank you to the Meadow’s employees and Dr. Hakes who helped Bob through the twilight zones associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

No one will forget your smile, Bob!


  • Visitation Thursday, March 21, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 22, 2013

Robert L. Garrett Jr.

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March 26, 2013

Dear Laura:
My deepest sympathies on Bob's passing.
I'm sorry this is so late but card I mailed came back, not deliverable,
so I must of had wrong address.
Betty Swartz

Kerry & Connie Tudor

March 24, 2013

Laura and Family,
We send our condolences on Bob's passing. Please know that out thoughts have been with you.

March 21, 2013

Laura and family, Jon and I send our condolences on Bob's passing. I always enjoyed his visiting our league when we bowled together back in our younger days. Jon and i will be unable to attend the funeral, but you and the kids are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jon and Earlene Nelson

Keith Zimmerman

March 21, 2013

Laura & family, sons Dave and Mark. My condolences on Bob's passing. I've known Bob for what seems forever (1972) and he will be remembered for the wonderful person he was. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

March 21, 2013

Dear Laura, Don and I send our condolences on Bob's passing. We want you to know we will be unable to attend his funeral, but that our thoughts are with you and your family (Don is unable to walk or stand and hasn't been out of the house in months). We remember so well your visit with us when we lived in FL and thank you for that memory. Best wishes from friends Don and Ginny MacPhail

Steve LaBerge

March 19, 2013

Laura and family, our deepest condolences on Bob's passing. He was a wonderful man, we will miss him and his brilliant smile. God bless you, Steve & Judy LaBerge

Orval & Shirley Dahme

March 19, 2013

Laura and family, our deepest sympathies. Did not expect Bob to leave us so soon but.... One could not meet a more congenial person. He got as much enjoyment out of his sojourn here on earth as anyone possibly could - and he did it without ruffling others (excluding spouses of course, HA). He left his mark on all who got to know him (we included). He slowed down only when he lost his ability, not his desire, to keep doing - a lesson for those of us that can still do and chose not to because there is always tomorrow (until there isn't and we didn't when we could have). Bob's love of life was infectious. We will miss him but he will be very welcome where he is going. Love from

March 18, 2013

Laura & Family, I'm so sorry of your loss, Remember when we roller skated together on Wednesday morning's? Bob was always cheerful..My thoughts & prayers are with you at this time..Karen White

Susie Erdman

March 18, 2013

We met Bob when my in-laws were residents in Station 4 at Meadows, (Jan 2010 - Oct. 2010). He was so sweet, kind and friendly. He was always cheerful. I always looked for him, could usually find him "making the rounds". He was a bright spot on station 4. My sympathy to your family.
Susie Erdman, Chenoa

March 18, 2013

Dear Laura and Family,

We were sorry to hear of Bob's death. He was always so happy and had that beautiful Garrett smile.

Our condolences to all of you.

Gene & BEC