Robert J.  Garrison
Robert (Bob) Garrison reluctantly left this world on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 after a long battle with COPD and cancer.
He was born Robert Junior Garrison on March 18th, 1933 in Rushville. He was the last surviving child of Jeannette (McCarty) and Oliver Morton Garrison.
Bob retired from Great State (American Lawnmower) in Shelbyville in 1998 with 40 years of service. Never one to sit still, he later developed a can route in Shelbyville. Bob became known as the 'Can Man" as he traveled first by truck and later by bicycle to collect aluminum cans. He retired from his can route in 2012.
One accomplishment, of which he was most proud, was his military service. Robert was a United States Army Veteran and served during the Korean War from 1953-1956. He was stationed in Seoul, and spoke often about his time in Korea and Japan. His Honorable Discharge was always prominently displayed in his living room.
Bob was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish. He spent many days fishing at the old Triple Lakes in Laurel. He also won many fishing pools at Dick's Lake and the 11011 in Indianapolis.
Bob had a real zest for life. He loved music and he loved to dance. He could often be found at the American Legion in Shelbyville or Columbus. His mother lovingly nicknamed him Jiggs because he could not sit still and was always in motion.
Bob will be remembered as someone who loved to have a good time and make people laugh. He often repeated a line from an old beer commercial: "You only go around once in life, so grab for all the gusto you can get."
Robert is survived by his daughters, Melissa (Tom) Agnello of Rushville, Linda (Steve) Pratt of Rising Sun, Julie Stanton of Greenwood and his sons , Eddie Garrison of Mt. Vernon, Kentucky and Alan Garrison of Shelbyville. In 2004 Robert learned he had another daughter, Lynette Jankowski of Phenix City, Alabama. Bob has several grandchildren which include Michael Agnello, Chris, Jennifer, and Adam Jankowski, Jeffrey Mullen,Jr., Jacob Pratt, Christopher, Justin, Nicole and Tony Stanton, Tim and Ashley Garrison. In addition, there are several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Robert enjoyed a special bond with his grandson, Michael Agnello. Michael proved to be his grandfather's brightest light, even on Bob's darkest days. Michael's companionship was instrumental in extending Bob's life beyond what anyone thought possible.
Robert was predeceased by his parents, two older brothers, Richard and Charles Garrison and two younger sisters, Beverly Palmer and Marjorie Boggs. Bob was married 5 times and predeceased by 4 ex-wives: Jean Creech, Mabel DeBoard, Blanche Louise Blanton, and Letha Joan Pierce. His last ex-wife, Diane Carey survives.
Robert attended Rushville High School. He was a member of the Salvation Army, and former member of the American Legion, VFW, and the Eagles Lodge.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Ronnie Caine officiating. Friends may call on Thursday morning from 11:00 am until the time of the service. Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery in Rushville.
Military rites will be conducted by a local veterans organization.
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Donnie Rains
Oct 11, 2019
I worked with Bob at Great States. He was a GREAT man. He was always the one to jump in and show the new guy how to do it, no matter what it was. He was so much fun to work with. Rest in peace my wheeler friend, you will never be forgotten.