Robert Garey

Robert Edwin Garey, 85, of Columbia passed away September 23, 2008 at Boone Hospital Center after a short illness. 

Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 7 pm Friday September 26, with memorial service following at Calvary Episcopal Church in Columbia. He made a Gift of Body to the University of Missouri so there will be no burial at this time.

Robert was born on December 24, 1922 in Villisca, Iowa to Ray and Opal Strain Garey.  He married Gail Box in May 1982.  He was self employed in farming and was a horse trainer before his retirement. He was an Army veteran and served in Germany during World War II.

He is survived by his wife Gail of the home, two sisters Dorothy Odson and husband Glenn of Corning, IA; Virginia Simet and husband Tom of Des Moines, IA; brother Bill Garey and wife Bonnie of Villisca, Iowa; son Ronald Garey of Crawford, NE; daughters Sharon Cotten and husband Randy of Holdenville, OK; Marcia Oman and husband Conrad of Wheatland WY; step-daughter Alyssa Sapp and husband Brian and granddaughter Brianna Sapp of Columbia. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Maxine Haffner, Pauline Wheeler and Lola Odson; and granddaughter Christina Sapp.

            The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 NW 9th Ave, Miami, Fl 33136.


  1. Carol Dever on September 25, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Gail, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Take comfort in what a wonderful advocate you were for Robert.

  2. Vicki Dunscombe on September 25, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Dear Gail, I am so very sorry to learn of Robert’s passing. I am in Hawaii and will not be able to attend services, but I wanted you to know I have you in my prayers. Vicki

  3. Stacy Burks on September 29, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Gail, My prayers are with you and your family. He was a great guy and will truly be missed.–Stacy (Frank & Betty’s granddaughter)

  4. Betsy Enochs on September 29, 2008 at 9:31 am

    This is Betsy, the Bakers used to babysit. I am so sorry for your loss. One of my best memories as a kid is putting on “shows” for you and Robert. Take care. Betsy

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