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Glenn Garrison

   Glenn Garrison, 62, longtime Edenville resident, passed away at Midland’s MidMichigan Medical Center on Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, after a heroic nine-month battle with leukemia.

   He was born March 21, 1944 to the late Charles and Thelma (Coleman) Garrison in Bono, Arkansas. Glenn grew up in Saginaw, attended Saginaw High and Michigan State University, and worked in plastics design all his adult life.

   He was employed by Miller Mold, Brown Machine, and for the past 26 years, Future Mold of Farwell. Familiar products he designed served to make life easier and more economical for millions of people around the world.

   He married the former Marilyn Foster in Saginaw on Jan. 23, 2965.

   A gifted artist, Glenn enjoyed woodworking; as a musician, he loved quartets and concerts, singing in the church choir, duets, and playing the guitar and banjo. He was passionate about golf, a member of the USGA, the Eagle Glen Country Club, serving as president of his golf leagues for many years.

   He was also passionate about his Christian faith, which he demonstrated by helping those he saw in need. He would drop what he was doing to go help a friend move a freezer, or install a handrail for a widow from church, slip someone a hundred dollars or build a set for a school play. He believed the inscription on his front steps, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.”

   Although not a teacher, he took an interest in young people and tried to encourage them whenever he could. Over the years, he and his wife housed many high school and college students and also missionaries.

   He continued to work even in his last weeks, hanging a mirror at Calvary Baptist Church where he was a member, fixing scratches in the woodwork and helping with sanctuary flowers. “You can’t keep a good man down,” he’d say.

   He quietly changed his world - not overnight, but by doing a little good every day and by example … by being honest, honorable, hardworking and fair, always trying to do the right thing. He loved God and country, attended church, flew the flag and took care of his own and others.

   His passing has left a hole in the world, and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends, his church and community, his fellow golfers and the thermoforming plastics industry. Glenn received over 75 units of blood and blood products in 2006. The family would like to thank all who give blood, which is truly a gift of life.

   He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Marilyn Foster of Beaverton; four children and two daughters-in-law, John of Mason, Ben (Kristin) of Sunbury, Ohio, Adam of Sanford, Lori of Midland and Gabrielle of Midland; four grandchildren, who were the light of his life, Alexa, Benny, Jeremy and Larissa; two brothers, Gene (Bev) of Holt, and Ronald Wayne of Durham, North Carolina; brothers, Frank (Coralee) Foster, Terri Foster, and Clyde (Marion) Grant, all of Beaverton; Genevieve Grant of Owosso; Floyd (Eunice) Rytlewski of Vernon; Bill (Lorraine) Bastow of Taylor; and Willard (Karen) Foster of Gainsville, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Midland. Pastor Dan Dickerson and Glenn’s good friend Mike Cox will both officiate with burial to follow in the Midland Cemetery.

   Glenn’s family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith- Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 West Wheeler Street, Midland, on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of services.

   Please direct gifts and memorials to Gideon Bibles and/or the Glenn Garrison Scholarship Fund (which will be used to assist young people and to promote golf). If you are unable to visit with the family in person, you may send your condolences through www.waresmithwoolever. com.

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