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John Garner, 62 - June 14, 2016

John Garner, 62, of Gothenburg passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at his home south of Gothenburg.
Memorial services were conducted at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel on Saturday, June 18, with J.C. Calhoun officiating.
Garner was born June 9, 1954, at North Platte, son of Demar Wesley Garner and Ethel Faye (Timmons) Garner.
He grew up in the North Platte area where he attended schools. He also attended the Job Corp in Chadron, learning construction and masonry. He was a Golden Glove boxer and a three-year champion as a teen.
Garner was employed as a dedicated over the road truck driver for more than 45 years, beginning his career at the age of 17, most recently driving for HAR Transportation. He was a skilled truck driver and could back up a truck on a dime, according to family members.
He married Lora Lee Johnson on June 18, 1976, at North Platte in a union of nearly 40 years where four children were born. The family resided at Gothenburg, making the community their home for 22 years.
In his free time, Garner enjoyed spending time outdoors including fishing, camping and tinkering around in the garage, family stated. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend.
?Garner was preceded in death by: his parents, Demar Garner and Ethel Hanson; stepfather, Gerald Hanson; his son, John Demar “JD” Garner; a granddaughter, Jonna Victoria Grace Garner; three sisters—Leona “Lee” Webster, Lavella Grace Pfeister and Glendin Patrick.
Survivors include: his wife, Lora Lee Garner of Gothenburg; a son, Andrew Garner of Gothenburg; his two daughters—Ruby (Shane) Bappe of Cozad and Leanne (Chris)Garner-Twohig of Kansas; 10 grandchildren; three sisters—Orpha (Terry) Walker of Gothenburg, Johnette (Fredrick) Long of New Orleans, LA, and Janie (Dale) Newtson of North Platte; two brothers—Don Garner and John Hanson, both of North Platte; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.