Wayne T. (Tom) Garton, Jr.

March 01, 1945 - October 18, 2012

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Wayne Thomas “Tom” Garton, Jr., 67, of Rome City died Thursday, October 18, 2012, in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.

He was a life time area resident, graduating from Kendallville High School in 1964.

Mr. Garton was a heavy equipment operator and had worked for Reith-Riley, Hipskin Asphalt, S.E. Johnson, and retired from E&B Paving in Fort Wayne.

He was a member of the Rome City Sons of the American Legion Post 381, Kendallville Masonic Lodge Post 246, Operating Engineers 103, and a proud member of the NRA.

Tom enjoyed hunting, woodworking, four-wheeling, mushroom hunting, and feeding birds. He dearly loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was born March 1, 1945, in Bluffton to Wayne T. Garton, Sr. and Geraldine L. (Burton) Garton Kimmerly. On February 20, 1965, in Wolcottville he married Connie J. Fisher.

Surviving are his wife, Connie J. Garton of Rome City; a daughter and son-in-law, Christy and Chuck Drerup of Kendallville; a son and daughter-in-law, Nick and Erin Garton of Rome City; six grandchildren, Luke Drerup, Bo Drerup, Olivia Drerup, Kendyl Garton, Kylie Garton, and Kane Garton; two sisters, Sandra Boyles of Rome City and Kathleen Blotkamp of Orland; his stepmother, Carrie Garton of Montpelier; his mother-in-law, Harriet Moyer of LaGrange; a sister-in-law, Gail Fisher of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; a brother-in-law, Steve Fisher of Orland; three aunts, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law, Fred Fisher, Jr., and two brothers-in-law, David Boyles and Chris Fisher.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at 11 a.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville with Rev. Carldean Merrifield officiating. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery, Rome City.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Gallup, Steve Fisher, Owen Drerup, Chuck Mergy, and Jack Bishop, Jr. Active pallbearers will be Nick Garton, Chuck Drerup, Clayton Dilts, Luke Drerup, Bo Drerup, Todd Boyles, Rob Boyles, and Jeff Gallup.

Calling is Monday, October 22, 2012, from 2 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. A Masonic Lodge service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to the Humane Society of Noble County or the Humane Society of DeKalb County.

View a video tribute after Monday or send condolences to the family at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

Jeff Bloomfield
October 29th, 2012 10:13pm

so sorry to learn of your loss. I remember back when we were police officers together we shared some good times. I salute your life R.I.P

Tim & Cheryl Chester
October 24th, 2012 2:52am
Missoula, MT

Tom will be greatly missed! He was a great friend and mentor, but he is in a better place now.

Dolly Carter
October 23rd, 2012 9:51pm

I went to school with Wayne and he was a great person-hadnt seen him since school days but he was always well liked.My prayers and thoughts go out to the family.I just lost my husband on oct 11th so i know what you all are going through right now-he was buried on oct 17th and also at orange cemetary.May god bless you all and r.i.p. Wayne.

Randy& Sandra Pippenger
October 23rd, 2012 5:10pm
Rome City, In

We are so sorry for your loss. We send our condolences to the family.

Jerry and Deborah Butler
October 22nd, 2012 4:16pm
Rome City

Jerry and I send our condolences to Connie. We are thinking of you, and praying for you. We knew Tom through coffee in the morning at the Dari Dump, as we all called it! Tom was a great guy, and he will be missed.

Nick and Annik Smith
October 22nd, 2012 2:44pm
Moorestown, NJ

We are sorry to hear this sad news. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Sincerely, Nick and Annik Smith

Terri Brode Bradtmueller
October 22nd, 2012 2:07pm

Connie and family - so sorry to hear of Tom's passing.

Mark & Sara Evers
October 22nd, 2012 1:40pm

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our hearts go out to the entire family. We will cherish the stories we have of Tom and will remember him as a great person.

Janice Adler
October 21st, 2012 9:00pm

My sincere condolences go out to the family. I worked with Tom and SEJohnson and he was one of the good guys. He made the job fun. Godspeed Tom. You will be missed.

Jean Donley Clark
October 20th, 2012 9:27pm
Sarasota, Florida

Connie, My heart breaks for you and your family. Tom was a great guy and I couldn't have had a better person to grow up with. I am sorry I cannot be there with you, Kathy and Sandy. Love to you all. Jean

matt jordan
October 20th, 2012 1:30am

Connie Very sorry to hear about Toms passing. Tom was a good man I really like him . He will be missed

Tom and Jane Hulen
October 20th, 2012 12:55am

Connie - Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very sad time - Fondley, Tom and Jane