Thomas LaVerne Garren 1922 - 2006 Oskaloosa
Services for Thomas LaVerne Garren, 84, Oskaloosa, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Oskaloosa United Methodist Church.Mr. Garren died Monday, July 17, 2006, at the Winchester Geriatric Center.He was born March 3, 1922, the son of Carl Edgar and Leona Imogene Rogers Garren. He graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1943.Mr. Garren and his brother Bill owned Garrens Grocery in Oskaloosa. He retired in 1977. He also worked as a butcher at Falleys in Topeka and a milk tester for the Shawnee County Milk Producers Assn. He was a member of Oskaloosa United Methodist Church and the Wolf Hunter and Coyote Hunters Assn. He also served as mayor of Oskaloosa.He married Verrell Marjorie Weinberg on July 30, 1943, in Oskaloosa. She died Nov. 19, 2004.A brother, Turner "Bill", died in 1991.Survivors include three sons, Monte L. and wife Rhonda, Rick D. and wife Cathy, all of Oskaloosa, and Marty L. and wife Julie, Topeka; two daughters, Cheryl L. Forbes and husband Rex, and Tanya R. Newell and husband Steve, all of Oskaloosa; 18 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.Friends may call from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Barnett Funeral Home in Oskaloosa.The family suggests memorials to the church or Jefferson County Hospice, sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa 66060.