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Merritt Garwood

Merritt L. "Pete" Garwood

Tuesday, March 28, 1933 - Monday, October 21, 2019
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Obituary

Merritt L. “Pete” Garwood, 86 of Alexandria died Monday, October 21, 2019, at his residence after an extended illness.

Pete was born in Edgar Co., IL. on March 28, 1933, and was the son of James and Avice (Robertson) Garwood-Parcel. On August 18, 1956, he married Shirley A. (Waller) Garwood.

He served his country during the Korean War serving with the United States Army.

Pete was retired from Delco Remy after 27 years in Plant Security and had been a Barber in Alexandria for over 50 years.

He was a member of the Eagles Lodge Aries 1771, Frankton American Legion Post, Frankton Lodge #607 of the F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, and the Murat Shrine Temple of Central Indiana.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Shirley (Waller) Garwood, His daughters, Beth (Gary) Thornton and Rebecca (Pat) King; his sister, Evelyn (Robert) Utterback; his grandchildren, Matthew (Megan), Andrew, Stefani and Scott and great-grandchildren, Aileigh, Eve, and Nyah. Also surviving are his brothers-in-law, Larry (Becky) Waller and Jerry (Susan) Waller.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at Whetsel Funeral Service, 1503 S. Park Ave., Alexandria with Rev. Micheal Thompson officiating. Interment will follow in Vinson Memorial Park Cemetery, Summitville with Military Rites by the United States Army and Elwood VFW Post 5782. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229 or to Alexandria Fire Dept. Flowers Fund, 212 S. Harrison St., Alexandria, IN 46001 or in care of the funeral home.

Whetsel Funeral Service is most honored to care for Pete and his family.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, October 24, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Whetsel Funeral Service
    Address
    1503 S Park Ave
    ALEXANDRIA, IN 46001
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, October 25, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 25, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location
    Whetsel Funeral Service
    Address
    1503 S Park Ave
    ALEXANDRIA, IN 46001
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, October 25, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 25, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Whetsel Funeral Service
    Address
    1503 S Park Ave
    ALEXANDRIA, IN 46001
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Michael Thompson
  • Interment

    Friday, October 25, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 25, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Vinson Memorial Park Cemetery
    Address
    Co. Road 100 N
    SUMMITVILLE, IN 46070
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Military Rites by United States Army and Elwood VFW Post 5782

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Blenda Croy

Posted at 06:06pm
Our condolences to Pete’s family. We were neighbors for many years. I got a chance to talk to Pete & Shirley during the the demolition of Bowers house. Mike & Blenda Maynard Croy
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Lora Ann England

Posted at 01:26am
Pete was a very helpful person in my life. He came into the cafe where I worked. He’d bring me Mt Dew and Reese’s cup. He’ll always be remembered.
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Tracy Mullins

Posted at 11:27pm
Shirley, I just wanted to let you know how much my friendship with Pete meant to me. He is my forever friend and I thank God for introducing us. He was always so proud of his family and loved to share pictures. He was already missed but I was so grateful for our last visit. Hugs, Tracy Mullins
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Francis Kimm

Posted at 07:56pm
My condolences to the Garwood Family. I knew Pete from Delco. Most recently I have seen and talked with him at the Blueberry Pancake House in Alexandria. Pete was as nice a guy as anyone could be. He will be sadly missed. May he R.I.P.

Sandy Coty Hirschy

Posted at 05:18pm
So sorry for your loss.He was a faithful patron at the Hi Way Cafe few years ago.
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