Howard J. Garry, a resident of Fort Meyers, Fla., formerly of Little Falls, passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in Fort Meyers, Fla.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Sept. 7, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Little Falls, with Father Joe Herzing officiating. Burial was at St. Adalberts Cemetery in Little Falls.
Howard was born Aug. 25, 1919, in Bridgewater, S.D. to the late Leo and Eunice (Gildea) Garry. He grew up and attended school in the Bridgewater, S.D. area. In 1938, he received his teaching certificate from Eastern Normal College in Madison, S.D. He then went on to South Dakota State University for one year before enlisting in the Army-Air Force. Howard enlisted into the U.S. Army-Air Force June 22, 1942, and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged Oct. 11, 1945, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Upon his honorable discharge Howard returned to South Dakota State University where he received his Agriculture Education Degree. Howard was united in marriage to Jean Petree, Feb. 27, 1947, in Montrose, S.D. He taught Agriculture in Little Falls, from 1947 until 1952. While he was teaching he also consulted farmers in the Little Falls area. Howard later worked at the Little Falls Granite Works in Little Falls, as a traveling salesman putting on over 1,000 miles a week. He later bought in to the Little Falls Granite Works and continued working there as a salesman. His passion in life was to work, but also enjoyed journaling and keeping his lawn looking immaculate. He was a member of the Little Falls American Legion, Little Falls VFW and Little Falls Rotary Club to which he never missed a meeting. Howard was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Howard is survived by wife of 66 years, Jean Garry of Ft. Meyers, Fla.; and son, Tim (Kathy) Garry of Forest Lake; daughter, Michele Shelly Garry and husband Keith Fitterer of Ft. Meyers, Fla.; grandchildren, Michael Garry and fiance;, Megan Kasper of Bemidji and Sean-Tom Garry of Fargo, N.D.
Howard was preceded in death by parents, Leo and Eunice Garry; and brothers and sisters.