Maurice D. Garmoe
Maurice D. Garmoe, 78, of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, July 18, 2014, at Pleasant Manor Care Center in Mt. Pleasant.
A funeral is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the at Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel in Mt. Pleasant, with the Rev. Deb Savage officiating. Interment will be in Forest Home Cemetery.
Visitation opened at noon today at the Memorial Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. today.
Memorials have been established to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Alzheimer’s Association and Grace Friends Church. On-line condolences can be directed to www.olsonpowell.com.
Mr. Garmoe was born Sept. 2, 1935, in Salem, the son of Otto and Ruth Alter Garmoe. He married Dorothy Leydens Oct. 17, 1955, in Iowa City.
He attended school in Salem.
Prior to his marriage, Mr. Garmoe began his work career in the clinic at the Mental Health Institute in Mt. Pleasant. Throughout his life, he worked construction, was a heavy equipment operator and drove a truck for the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant. He and and his wife were administrators of the Henry County Home for 10 years. He retired in 1996, as a semi driver for Walmart Distribution Center. The couple had been longtime residents of Mt. Pleasant.
Mr. Garmoe’s priority was his family, and he liked camping with them. A man of many talents, he built his own sawmill and a motorhome, and he restored his tractor. He was known nationwide for calling square dances and enjoyed RVing as he traveled across the country. His hobbies included working his draft horses, attending farm auctions and motorcycle riding.
He was a member of Grace Friends Church and the Mt. Pleasant Tractor Club.
Survivors include: his wife, Dorothy of Mt. Pleasant; one son, Mike Garmoe and wife Julie of Mt. Pleasant; two daughters, Patti Phillips and husband Jerry of Muscatine and Tami Larsh of Fairfield; one brother, Keith Garmoe of Mt. Pleasant; one sister, Donna Frank of Sperry; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Lucille Garmoe.