Robert C. Garman (My Father) Obituary

Robert C. Garman (My Father) Obituary

My father passed away last month.  If you've wondered why I've appeared to be distracted lately, you are perceptive.  My world has been rocked.  I'm certain that the sudden death of any parent is a life changing event.  It is exponentially more difficult to deal with when their death was at their own hands.  I've never understood suicide.  I still don't. 

This obituary was first published by Countryside Funeral Home.  (   I have simply copied and pasted it here.

Robert "Bob" GarmanRobert Clifford Webb Garman age 68 was born June 3, 1940 to Martha Ellen (Raedeker) Garman and Clare Allan Garman in Cushing Oklahoma. He left this life February 22, 2009. He is survived by his wife Connie (Jones) Garman of the home in Moline, Kansas, and his son Scott Garman of Oklahoma City and daughter and son-in-law Andrea and Kevin Decker of Oklahoma City. He left behind four grandchildren, Hannah, Gretchen, Dustin and Lorelei Decker of Oklahoma City, many aunts and cousins, sister-in-law (and brother-in-law) Judy and Van VanCleave of Moline, Kansas and brother-in-law (and sister-in-law) Bob and Joyce Jones of Wichita, Kansas as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.

Robert graduated from Harding High School in Oklahoma City in 1958. (At one point in time he delivered Wilt Chamberlin’s newspaper in Manhattan Kansas while Wilt was in college there.) Robert enlisted in the navy in 1958 and served three years on the USS Independence aircraft carrier. He met and married Connie Marie Jones on Sept. 30, 1961 in Wichita Kansas. He attended Wichita State University and eventually graduated after 12 years from the University of Rochester, New York with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He was hauntingly brilliant.

Robert (or “Bob” as many called him) built an IMSAI 8080 computer circuit-by-circuit in 1976, a Heathkit television by hand, and a Bradley GT2 (from 1978 to 1998—the only car to be officially an antique on the day it was completed.)

Bob loved the adrenaline rush from riding a motorcycle. He owned many during his lifetime and was even rumored to have driven one through the halls of his high school (which was frowned upon.) He made numerous cross-country trips and raced both enduro and motocross when he lived in California in the ‘70’s. He even got to ride once with Steve McQueen. Bob’s favorite movie of all time was “On any Sunday.”

Bob was the ultimate computer “guru.” After serving as a programmer/analyst for Xerox in California on such projects as the Domino project, he ventured into business for himself and moved his family to Oklahoma City from California in 1975. He returned to Xerox in 1977 and served the rest of his years as a systems analyst, sales analyst, instructor and color specialist in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Leesburg Virginia and Lewisville Texas. He retired from Xerox in 2004 and settled in Moline, Kansas. During his retirement he wrote the utilities billing system for the city of Moline, Kansas.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, February 27, 2009 at the United Methodist Church in Moline, Kansas with Pastor Chantilly Lovelace and Pastor Gary Parsons officiating. Family suggests contributions to the United Methodist Church in Moline and may be left with the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at Arrangements are under the direction of Zimmerman Funeral Home, 206 E. Washington, P.O. Box 1233 Howard, Kansas 67349.

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