Richard W. Garmon

May 22, 1938 ~ June 11, 2020 (age 82)


Richard W. Garmon, 82, of Danville, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020 peacefully at his home, with his wife, Joyce, by his side.  Dick was born on May 22, 1938 in Hoopeston to Gleasen and Mae (Goin) Garmon. He was a member of the last graduating class at John Greer High School and served in the Army Reserves while in high school. Upon graduation, Dick joined the Army and served in Munich, Germany with the 34th Armored Battalion as a Communication Specialist, achieving the rank of SPEC 5. After leaving the service, Dick worked at various companies including American Can, NCR, Howard Industries, Valmont, and finished his career as the Plant Manager at Electric Motor  Specialties in Garrett, Indiana.  

On April 14, 1962 Dick married Joyce Laird in Hoopeston; she survives. Also surviving is a son, Derk (Rhoda) Garmon; and grandson Wesley Garmon; brothers, James (Barbara) Garmon, Venice, FL and Sam (Susie) Garmon, Danville, IL, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert Garmon and Daryle Garmon, sister, Barbara Lanie, and a special aunt and uncle, Edwin and Mildred Lightle.

Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing, nature and photography, and especially loved spending time with his son and grandson.  He and Joyce loved to travel and were able to make many trips, the most memorable being a boat trip through the Amazon in Peru, South America. They also visited many national parks and monuments throughout the US and Canada. Dick was a member of the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) for many years. For the past 13 years, he has been a member of Second Church of Christ in Danville, IL. 

Per his wishes, Dick will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Second Church of Christ Reach Initiative, Carle Hospice, or to the donor’s choice. Messages and memories may be left on our website at, or on the Kruger-Coan-Pape Funeral Home Facebook page.

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