Robert Lee Garmer, age 91, of Quincy, died on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at 4:26 am in Blessing Hospital.
Robert was born February 9, 1929 in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Henry B. and Pearl Octavia Dismore Garmer. He married Wilma Glynn Reeves on August 21, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri. She preceded him in death on June 20, 2016.
Robert was a 1947 graduate of Quincy High School. He attended Quincy College, Washington University and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1957 with a bachelors degree in education. He received his Masters of Arts degree in 1965 from Truman State University. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War from January 3, 1951 until he transferred to the Army Reserve on February 13, 1953. He returned to Quincy and taught industrial arts at the Quincy Junior High School for 35 years.
Robert was an active member of Bethel Church in Quincy. He was a member of the Quincy Golden K Kiwanis Club.
Survivors include his daughter, Kathryn (Rodney) Shupe of Quincy, IL; a granddaughter, Angela Shupe of Kansas City, Missouri; a sister, Ruth Brumby of Wheeling, IL; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, Wilma, Robert was preceded in death by parents, his son, Randall Garmer, and three brothers, Donald, Russell and Walter Garmer.
Graveside Services: A private graveside service will be held in Greenmount Cemetery with full military honors conducted by American Legion Post #37 and the U.S. Army National Guard Honors Detail.
Memorials: Bethel Church or Quincy Public Schools Foundation
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.
So sorry for your loss, Kathy. I have wonderful memories of both of your parents from church.
We loved Bob and will miss him. He was a great guy.
We got acquainted with Bob in 2014 at Bethel Assembly of God. He always had a smile and made us feel loved and welcomed. He was a prince of a man. We will miss him greatly but know that he is resting in peace in the arms of Jesus. Our prayers for you the family. Ron & Georgia Garner
To Bob's family,
Bob,s contributions to the Golden K Kiwanis was his friendly, warm personality as well as his interest in children, the wheel chair project and a reliable member of our club. I enjoyed speaking with him about his and my interest in the history of WWII. He even gave me WWII books and magazines that I shared with my oldest grandson. He will be missed to say the list. Dave May, Golden K club.
So sorry for your Dad's passing.
A dear friend from Quincy High days----Doris Leindecker Silverthorn.
We will miss Bob at exercise class we always had a bull session before we got started,
So very sorry for your great loss. Bob was such a sweet man, always involved, interesting to talk with, and a kind soul. He had a heart for helping and helped many times with our ministry of collecting wheelchairs. I loved his sense of humor, always ready with a story or joke. Praying for your family at this time.
Marty and Carrie Cook
My deepest condolences to you Kathy and family. Uncle Bob was a very sweet person and always had a smile for everyone. What few memories I have of Bob and Wilma were good ones. May God be you at this time. Love to all. Nancy
Kathryn and the Rest of the Family--
I was a colleague of Bob's from 1961 until 1967 at QJHS. He was, simply, one of the good guys. During the last year of that tenure he was my landlord. A small band of us would occasionally head to St. Louis on a Friday night to take in a ball game. I used to get a kick out of him in the teachers' lounge, where he would specialize in making outlandish, Garmer-like statements as his solutions to societal or educational problems of the day, just to see what reactions he could get. He was a good man. R.I.P., Bob!
So sorry to hear about Bob's passing. He was such a kind man and always had a smile.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Paul & Janise
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