Henry Garner


Henry Garner

F. Henry (Hank) Garner passed away at 3 a.m. on Friday, February 5, 2016 due to a recent fall with his daughter and two stepsons by his side.

He was born on August 28, 1914 in The Dalles, Oregon to Frank and Mary (Hollingsworth) Garner. He was raised on the family farm southwest of Centerville, Washington with his five younger siblings. Only his baby sister Jan survives.

Henry graduated second in his class from Centerville High School in 1931. After graduating until the early '40s Henry farmed for his uncle George Garner on his homestead in Centerville. He also had his pilot's license in the late '30s and early '40s.

His maternal uncle Frank Hollingsworth needed bus drivers for the Dollar Bus Line, which he owned out of Portland, so Henry moved to Portland. It was during this time on his route from Portland to Northern California that he met his first wife Pat Sullivan in Roseburg at her father's restaurant. They married in July of 1942 and moved back to Centerville.

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After the marriage ended Henry moved to Goldendale and started working for Burt Wilkins, Ralph Nickerson and Ed Doubrausky. Also during this time he started selling insurance for John Hancock Life Insurance. It was during this time he met Betty Milne of The Dalles. They were married May 8, 1949 in The Dalles. Living in Goldendale and still selling insurance, he and his younger brother Leo owned and operated the John Deere establishment with stores in Goldendale and a shop in Lyle.

During his marriage to Betty, which lasted until 1979, Henry's only child Kay Elizabeth was born in April 1951.

In 1957 Henry then moved the family to Portland to further his insurance career. He worked for the P. Kessinger John Hancock Insurance Agency. Hancock wanted Henry to open an agency in Spokane so the family moved again in 1960. It was called "F. Henry Garner General Agent" John Hancock Life.

White in Spokane, Henry was involved with the Spokane Club, Malto Country Club, Northwest Farm Forum, the Elks Club for over 70 years, an 82-plus year member of the Grange and St. Stevens Episcopal Church. He also enjoyed many years at Priest Lake in Northern Idaho.

Hancock asked Henry to come back to Portland to teach new agents the tools of the trade. So in 1967 the family moved back to Portland.

Henry and his first wife Pat remarried in April 15, 1977 and moved back to Centerville to live on his uncles George Garner's homestead.

Being back in his hometown, he got involved in community affairs. Even though he retired from Hancock in august of 1979, he kept his insurance license active into his late 80's. Henry was on the Centerville Cemetery Board up to December 2015 before his death. He was also on the Klickitat Board of Adjustments, where he was involved with bringing the landfill, windmills and Maryhill Winery to the County. Henry also served on the Centerville School Board from 1991 to 2003.

He was preceded in death by his wife Pat, parents Frank and Mary Garner, brothers Bill and Leo, sisters Elizabeth (Wib) Brower and Gayle Niva. Also preceding him were nephews Jim Niva, Bill Garner, Jr., David and Doug Garner and Niece Lynn Garner plus his great nephew Gus Niva and Great Niece Alisha Niva.

Henry is survived by his daughter Kay Schmidt of Goldendale; grandson Joshua Schmidt of Altadena, California; Granddaughter Courtney Fries of Roundup, Montana; great granddaughters Emily and Nathan of Roundup; baby sister Jan Creason of Seattle; nephews Steve Garner, Marc Niva and Phil Garner of Goldendale; Ken Niva of Nevada and Gary Crevling of Seattle; nieces Becky Matherly of The Dalles; Cindy Garner of Ellensburg and Donna Crevling of Seattle; 22 great nephews and nieces and 23 great great nephews and nieces; a very special friend Susan Garrett of Goldendale; stepsons and their families Greg & Lyn Schukart of Beaverton, Oregon; Terry and Barbara Schukart of Eugene, Oregon and step grandchildren Bryce, Dustin, Ryan and Scott Schukart and Hailey Phaller.

Donations may be made in Henry's name to Centerville School, Centerville, WA 98613, for all the students' education was close to his heart.

Services will be held Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 12 noon at the Centerville School followed by burial at Centerville Cemetery and a reception at the Centerville Grange Hall. Please send condolences to the Garner family by visiting http://www.gardnerfh. com.


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