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Walter Wayne Garland

Walter Wayne Garland, age 68, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside, Monday evening, May 11, 2015, at St. Luke's Hospital. He was born July 17, 1946 in Fonde, Kentucky to Raymond Bee and Elta (Rose) Garland. Walter was a 1964 graduate of Pruden High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy, and served in the Vietnam War. On July 13, 1968, he married his beloved wife, Dorothea Jean Hamblin.

Walter was a lifelong member of Fonde Baptist Church in Fonde, Kentucky and was a faithful American Red Cross blood donor for his entire adult life. He worked as a machine and press operator for 31 years 3 months at GM Powertrain, retiring in 2001, and was a proud member of UAW Local 14.

Walter enjoyed woodworking, taking walks and bike riding with his wife, Jean at Secor Metropark, and most of all, spending time with his grandchildren.

Walter is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Jean; sons, Kenny (Tina) Garland and Brian (Jansen) Garland; grandchildren, Toby, Dakota, Maizee, Amelia, Charlotte, Sawyer and Sutton; his siblings, Kenneth Garland, Judy Lowe, and Kathleen (George) Brooks; sisters-in-law, Barbara (Bill) Sturgell, Kaye (Lamar) Steele, and Gayle (Charles) Huddleston; brothers-in-law, Bennie (Jan) Hamblin, Van (Slylvia) Hamblin, and Larry (Jan) Hamblin; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Elta; sister, Fayetta Odom; brother, Richard Garland; and special brother-in-law, Bobby Charles Hamblin; father-in-law, Ben Hamblin; and mother-in-law, Dorothy Hamblin.

Family and friends may visit Saturday, May 16th from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton (419.826.2631). Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 17th at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home, with his son, Kenneth Garland officiating and Jeff Monhollen and Roy Picket assisting. Interment will follow at Sharples Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Swanton Baptist Church, 210 S. Main St., Swanton, OH 43558 or Old Fashion Missionary Baptist Church 515 Euclid Toledo, OH 43605.

Residence: Swanton, Ohio

Visitation: Saturday, May 16th from 2 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton

Funeral Service: Sunday, May 17th at 2:00 pm in the Funeral Home

Interment: Sharples Cemetery

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Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Father. We will be praying for comfort to you and your family.

Larry & Marjorie DeVerna May 17 2015 12:00 AM

Jean, you and your family are in our prayers during this sad time.

Ben & Chris Wood May 16 2015 12:00 AM

Jean, My sympathies to you and to your family. My prayers are with you. Take care of yourself.

Mary Sampson May 15 2015 12:00 AM

Prayers and sympathies to you and your family .Very sad to hear this, always had a smile , kind words to say .

Shirley Smitley ( your old Maillady) May 15 2015 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Lots of great memories growing up with him and Kat. Your family is in my prayers.

Sharon Partin May 14 2015 12:00 AM

Jean, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Ella Shelley May 13 2015 12:00 AM

Jean, we just want you to know how very sorry we are for your loss. I know you have many treasured memories, but still the pain is there. We will pray for you.

Walt and Margie Seeman, Justin and Keith Seeman May 13 2015 12:00 AM