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Dervin E. Garrison

October 20, 1923 ~ October 11, 2016 (age 92)

   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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