Dervin E. Garrison
QUINCY -- Dervin E. Garrison, 92, of the Good Samaritan Home, formerly of 3215 College, died at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, at Good Samaritan Home. Born Oct. 20, 1923 in Sullivan, Ind., Dervin was a son of Walter and Ruby Reynolds Garrison. He married Loretta A. Nelson on June 15, 1946, at Zion Lutheran Church, Chicago. She preceded him in death Oct. 5, 2016. A graduate of Sullivan High School, Dervin earned his bachelor of science degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind., and his master of science degree in biology from New Mexico University in Albuquerque, N.M. He also studied at Truman State University, University of Illinois, Baylor University, Kansas State University and Bucknell University. Mr. Garrison served his country in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II and was stationed overseas in China. Mr. Garrison began his teaching career at Liberty High School, where he taught five years before teaching at Quincy Junior High School, where he taught for 28 years. At QJHS, he was the head of the science department for many years and served as president of the Quincy Education Association for three years. Mr. Garrison received recognition from the state as one of "Those Who Excel," was honored with the Liberty Bell Award, an achievement award recognizing his volunteer work from the Governor's Office and the Adams County Bar Association, and received the "Shattering the Myths about Aging Award" from the Gerontology Committee at its conference in 1995. Mr. Garrison was a member of the Illinois Education Association, Illinois Federation of Teachers, various state and national science teachers organizations and the Quincy YMCA. He enjoyed reading, working with the computer, gardening, walking and enjoyed all sports, especially playing handball, table tennis and racquetball. Dervin loved visiting with his family and friends. Following his retirement from the public schools, Dervin served for eight years on the Quincy Board of Education. He volunteered for many years with the Victim Witness Program of the Adams County State's Attorney Office, volunteered with CASA, mentored in the Quincy Public Schools and served as a computer instructor at the YMCA, Good Samaritan Home, Sunset Home, Illinois Veterans Home and Quincy Senior Center. He served for many years on the Advisory Council for RSVP. All of Mr. Garrison's volunteer work was done under the banner of RSVP. Survivors include three sons, Russell Garrison (Sharon) of Quincy, Ronald Garrison (Annette) of Carol Stream and Bradley Garrison (Gloria) of DeKalb; nine grandchildren, Tami Cain (Kevin) of Quincy, Toni Stuckman (Kurt) of Quincy, Kari Bockelmann (Shaun) of Bartlett, Krista Eckhoff (Matthew) of Tampa, Fla., Nathan Garrison of Carol Stream, Allan Pearson of Chicago, Sara Todd (Jonathan) of Billings, Mont., Benjamin Garrison of Delmar, Calif., and Andrew Garrison (Amy) of Oregon, Ill.; nine great-grandchildren, Greg Cain, Cameron Cain, Chandler Cain, Tanner Stuckman, Kaiden Linder, Layla Bockelmann, Evan Bockelmann, Dekker Surratt and Obie Garrison; a stepsister, Katie Neal of Sullivan; a sister-in-law, Ruth Schuldt of Chicago Heights; and a nephew, Douglas Schuldt of Homewood. Mr. Garrison was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 70 years, Loretta; and two brothers-in-law, Robert Schuldt and Richard Neal. SERVICES: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Good Samaritan Home Chapel with Chaplain James Riley conducting. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery with military honors by Quincy American Legion Post 37 and Illinois National Guard Funeral Honors Detail. VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home and 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel. MEMORIALS: Blessing Foundation for Hospice. ARRANGEMENTS: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at whig.com .
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