Joseph Garrison, 74


April 22, 1944 —
July 2, 2018
Cresco - Joseph Garrison, age 74 of Cresco, Iowa, passed away Monday morning, July 2, 2018 at Accura Healthcare Center in Cresco. 
A memorial service was held on July 8, 2018 at Vernon Springs in rural Cresco.
Joseph Charles Garrison was born on April 22, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pa. to Charles and Helen Garrison. He grew up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served briefly during the Vietnam War. 
During his life Joe was married to Darlene Greene and was blessed by two children, Rhonda and Greg. He was then married to Joann DePaul and was blessed by one child, Melissa. Continuing on through life, he then married Nancy Hendersen and was blessed by a stepchild, Stacey. Lastly he married Ruth Hermanson and was blessed by two stepchildren, Ron and Mary. 
Throughout his life Joe “adopted” many people into his family. Some of these include two daughters, Dawn and Tammy, and a son, Jimmy. To him family wasn’t defined by blood, but rather by love, and his heart was big enough to hold all of those who cared to reside there. 
Joe was an avid fisherman, artist, musician and handyman. There were many avenues in which he imparted beauty on this world. He was the kindest and most caring individual who anyone could meet and always made those around him feel cared for and loved. 
Joe is survived by his first wife Darlene (Maye); his children, Rhonda (Bob) Cantu, Greg (Stephanie) Maye, Melissa (Andy) Ott, Dawn DePaul, Stacey Ortlip, Tammy (Jamie) Mincks, Jimmy Guess, Ron Hermanson and Mary Hermanson; a son-in-law, Dennis Rush; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Alexandria (Travis) Hackney and children, Riley and Colt, Anthony (girlfriend, Christin) Cantu and daughter, Jordyn, Noah Maye, Caleb Maye, Dakota (girlfriend, Gabriel) Rush, Abigail Ott, Dalton Rush, Crystal Noll and daughter, Destiny and grandson, Dominick, Cassidy Noll, Amber (Steve) Criblear and children, Cody, Jayda and Declan, Dustin Ortlip and son, Damien, Elizabeth Koch, Dawson Koch, Kyle (Adam) Drew, Kaylin Miller and daughter, Jaylee, Dalton Guess, Casandra Witt, Merry Witt and Stacy Witt. 
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Helen Garrison; his wife, Joann DePaul; his wife, Nancy Hendersen; his wife, Ruth Hermanson; his grandson-in-law Ron Witt; and his great-great-granddaughter, Marianna. 

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