Thursday, June 4, 2009

Melvin Ray Garrett, 85, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away at 6:26 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2009, at Red Rose Inn, Cassville, Missouri. He was born February 23, 1924 in Fay, Oklahoma, the son of the late John and Sara (Caudle) Garrett. He was united in marriage to Caroline Newell on April 5, 1955 in Wichita, Kansas, and she preceded him in death July 27, 2008.

Melvin worked for Boeing Aircraft, Wichita, Kansas, in the 1940's and 50's. He and Caroline later moved to Damar, Kansas, where they farmed. In the late 1970's they moved to Cassville where he operated Ace Welding and Machine Shop for a number of years. He continued to work out of his home machine shop until earlier this year when illness forced him to quit. Melvin was an Army veteran of WWII. He was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church, Cassville, Missouri.

He is survived by one son: Johnny Garrett, of the state of California; two daughters: Ann, of the state of California, and Gaye Wineland, of Phoenix, Arizona; one brother: Glen Garrett and wife, Sharon, of Purdy, Missouri; one step-son: Larry LaBarge, of Topeka, Kansas; several grandchildren and other family members and friends.

Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at St. Edwards Catholic Church, Cassville, Missouri, with Father David Miller officiating. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at St. Joseph Cemetery in Damar, Kansas, with Father Galen Long officiating. Rosary was held Monday, June 1, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Edwards Catholic Church, Cassville, with visitation following.

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Arrangements are under the care of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home, Monett, Missouri.