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Wilbur L. Garner

Graveside Services at Wolfinger Cemetery will be Private

Wilbur L. Garner, age 76, of Berkey, Ohio, passed away peacefully, Monday afternoon, January 18, 2016, at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania, following a courageous battle with cancer which he never stopped fighting until the very end. He was born February 8, 1939 in Toledo, Ohio to Lester and Grace (Buckingham) Garner, and grew up in the Trilby neighborhood where his parents resided for over 50 years. Wilbur was a 1956 graduate of Whitmer High School and attended trade school for work in the tool and die industry. He worked for Ort Tool and Die in Erie, Michigan for 44 years, retiring in 2005. He was very knowledgeable and well respected in his trade. He could build and fix practically anything.

Wilbur was a member of Providence Lutheran Church in Holland. He thoroughly enjoyed retirement with his wife of 22 years, Teresa (Schmitz) Garner. He was an avid outdoorsman and life member of the Sportsman Club in Wauseon and the NRA. He loved hunting deer and turkey, fishing, taking bicycle tours, snowmobiling, and boating on the lake in Quincy, Michigan. He and wife, Teresa also enjoyed volunteering for the Toledo Metroparks and at the Hickman Cancer Institute.

Wilbur is survived by his wife, Teresa; children, Greg Garner, Pam (Tony) Collins, Karen Garner (Fiance, Mike), and Mike Garner; step-children, Stephenie Hartley, Michelle Heator, and Wesley (Jennifer) Heator; grandchildren, Amy, Patrick, Ethan, Daniel, David, Kristi, Travis, Andrew, Keith, Nick, Zack, Joshua, Emma, Johnathan, and Brandon; sister, Evelyn (Bob) Kelly; uncle, Oscar Garner; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins, and four legged companion, Abby.

Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents and several aunts and uncles.

Private Graveside services will be held at Wolfinger Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity, 1310 Conant St, Maumee, OH 43537, The Salvation Army, 620 N Erie St, Toledo, OH 43604 or The Cherry Street Mission, 105 17th St, Toledo, OH 43604.

Residence: Berkey, Ohio

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Theresa, so sorry about your loss, Wilbur had to fight a rough battle, but he's at peace and resting now. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Hope to see you soon.Love, Peggy and Richard Rathbun

Richard and Peggy Rathbun Jan 28 2016 12:00 AM

Wilbur was a great guy to work with during my twenty years at ORT. My condolences to the loved ones he left behind.

Bill Gallagher Jan 25 2016 12:00 AM

Greg, Pam, Karen and Mike: Sorry to hear of Wilbur's passing. You were all such great neighbors back in the Bowen Road and Nash Road era. Thought and prayers are with you.

Len and Millie Walker Jan 24 2016 12:00 AM

Terri Marilyn & i are so sorry to hear of wilburs passing he was a great guy to work with and a good friend our sincere condolences

Bob & Marilyn Shinaberry Jan 24 2016 12:00 AM

Our thoughts are with yo. What a wonderful friend. Prayers to those you left behind.

The Randy Burgermeister family Jan 24 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Wilbur's passing. We spent many great weekends in upper Michigan fishing and hunting also hunting deer in Pennsylvania. We had great times together-great memories will last forever. Rest in peace.

John & Jodi Walrod Jan 23 2016 12:00 AM

Terri, sorry to see of Wilbur's passing. The last time I saw you and Wilbur at Five Guys and Fries Wilbur looked so good. Again I sorry for your loss. Tim Pinney

Tim Pinney Jan 22 2016 12:00 AM

Worked with wilber at ort tool die condolences to the family you are in ower prays

Ruben Martinez Jan 22 2016 12:00 AM

Teresa, So sorry for your loss. I worked with him for 10 years and he was my boss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Connie (Fath) Fine

Connie Fine Jan 22 2016 12:00 AM

Terri, we are sorry to learn that Wilbur has passed. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time

Gary & Toni Blochowski Jan 21 2016 12:00 AM

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