Dervin E. Garrison

Born: Sat., Oct. 20, 1923
Died: Tue., Oct. 11, 2016


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Oct. 17, 2016
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Oct. 18, 2016
Location: Good Samaritan Home Chapel

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   Dervin E. Garrison, 92, of the Good Samaritan Home, formerly of 3215 College, Quincy, died at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday (October 11, 2016) in Good Samaritan Home.

   Born October 20, 1923 in Sullivan, Indiana, Dervin was the son of Walter and Ruby Reynolds Garrison.  He married Loretta A. Nelson on June 15, 1946 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Chicago. She preceded him in death on October 5, 2016.

      A graduate of Sullivan High School, Dervin earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana and his Master of Science Degree in Biology from New Mexico University in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also studied at Truman State University, University of Illinois, Baylor University, Kansas State University and Bucknell University.

   Mr. Garrison served his country in the U. S. Army Signal Corps during WW II and was stationed overseas in China.

   Mr. Garrison began his teaching career at Liberty High School where he taught for 5 years before teaching at Quincy Junior High School where he taught for 28 years. At QJHS, he was the head of the science department for many years and served as president of the Quincy Education Association for 3 years. Mr. Garrison received recognition from the State as one of "Those Who Excel", was honored with The Liberty Bell Award, an achievement award recognizing his volunteer work from the Governor's Office and the Adams County Bar Association, and received the "Shattering the Myths about Aging Award" from the Gerontology Committee at their conference in 1995.

   Mr. Garrison was a member of the Illinois Education Association, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, various State and National Science Teachers organizations and the Quincy YMCA.  He enjoyed reading, working with the computer, gardening, walking and enjoyed all sports, especially playing handball, table tennis and racquetball. Dervin loved visiting with his family and friends.

   Following his retirement from the public schools, Dervin served for 8 years on the Quincy Board of Education. He volunteered for many years with the Victim Witness Program of the Adams County State's Attorneys Office, volunteered with CASA, mentored in the Quincy Public Schools and served as a computer instructor at the YMCA, Good Samaritan Home, Sunset Home, Illinois Veteran's Home and Quincy Senior Center. He served for many years on the Advisory Council for RSVP. All of Mr. Garrison's volunteer work was done under the banner of RSVP.

   Survivors include three sons, Russell Garrison (Sharon) of Quincy, Ronald Garrison (Annette) of Carol Stream, IL and Bradley Garrison (Gloria) of DeKalb, IL; nine grandchildren, Tami Cain (Kevin) of Quincy, Toni Stuckman (Kurt) of Quincy, Kari Bockelmann (Shaun) of Bartlett, IL, Krista Eckhoff (Matthew) of Tampa, FL, Nathan Garrison of Carol Stream, IL, Allan Pearson of Chicago, IL, Sara Todd (Jonathan) of Billings, MT, Benjamin Garrison of Delmar, CA and Andrew Garrison (Amy) of Oregon, IL; nine great grandchildren, Greg Cain, Cameron Cain, Chandler Cain, Tanner Stuckman, Kaiden Linder, Layla Bockelmann, Evan Bockelmann, Dekker Surratt and Obie Garrison; a step sister,  Katie Neal of Sullivan, IL; a sister in law, Ruth Schuldt of Chicago Heights, IL and a nephew, Douglas Schuldt of Homewood, IL

   Mr. Garrison was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 70 years, Loretta; two brothers in law, Robert Schuldt and Richard Neal.

   Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 11:00 at the Good Samaritan Home Chapel with Chaplain James Riley officiating.  Burial with Military Honors will be in Greenmount Cemetery.

   Visitation will be Monday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home and Tuesday morning from 10:00 until the time of services at the Good Samaritan Home Chapel.

   Memorials may be made to Blessing Foundation for Hospice.

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Rodney Hoffman
   Posted Wed October 12, 2016

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I remember him well from school. I know this is especially hard since it's so close to loosing your mother. Thinking of you and the rest of the family, and I know that the thoughts and prayers of many are with you.

Nancy Foley Howe
   Posted Thu October 13, 2016
My husband, Jerry Foley, taught with Derv at Jr. High. He was also on some of the organizations (education) that he served on. We always had the greatest respect for Derv. Blessing to the family.

kathy Fauble
   Posted Thu October 13, 2016
My sympathies to the Garrison family on the loss of your mother and father. Mr. Garrison was my wonderful science teacher at QJHS.

Rustie Cory
   Posted Thu October 13, 2016
So sorry for your family's loss. I can't begin to tell you what a great teacher Mr. Garrison was at QJHS. He made science my favorite subject and I was lucky to have him all three years I was there.

Chris Gooding
   Posted Thu October 13, 2016
I'm so sorry for your loss. I was "lost" in Jr. High, but he made me believe in myself. I didn't follow him in a career in science but taught computers to new Air Force recruits. His example showed me how to get through to those "lost" students! Those humanitarian and teaching skills I absorbed will create a ripple effect, touching lives for generations. A great teacher and even better man!

Wayne and Carolyn Pond
   Posted Thu October 13, 2016
Too few days ago, we wrote to you with sympathy on the loss of your mother. Once again, our deepest condolences to you, in the passing of your father. He was a wonderful science teacher and mentor, when we were his students at Liberty High School. We have admired him through the years, as he remained so active and interested in all of life. A most precious couple reunited once again!

Susie and Buddy Hibbard
   Posted Fri October 14, 2016
Russ & Sharon and family, So sorry for the loss of your Mother and Father so close together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Richard & Fern Heitholt
   Posted Sat October 15, 2016
Dear Russ, Ron, Brad and families,
We join the many who pay tribute to the wonderful teaching career and humanitarian service of your father. Derv was a teachers' teacher-a quiet effective leader. He made an indelible mark which affected the lives of many. We send our condolences and thanks for his (and your mother's) long and meaningful life. Best wishes.

Bob Landrum
   Posted Wed October 19, 2016
I knew Derv for many years as a volunteer. After he retired from teaching, he would come into my classroom and Irving School and teach science to my kids. He was so passionate about science and so patient with my 3rd graders. He was a wealth of knowledge and really knew how to communicate with the kids. I can remember the kids eagerly waiting for him to come. He will be missed! God bless him.

Jodi Trotter
   Posted Fri October 28, 2016
I am sitting here crying, we at JoJoJokes will miss you!!! May you use your sense of humor to make everyone laugh on the other side as you did here on Earth!

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