CHARLES L. “Doc” GARMAN, age 86
of New Bremen, died on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 8:45 A.M. at Elmwood Assisted Living of New Bremen where he had resided for the last few years. He was born on December 4, 1933 in Mercer County, the son of the late August B. and Frances C. (Voskuhl) Garman. On August 11, 1954 he married Erline H. Topp, and she died on October 9, 2017. Surviving are his children: Sandy (John) Bergman of Minster, Tim Garman of New Bremen, Keith (Yvonne) Garman of New Bremen, and Amy (Robin) Webster of New Bern, NC; his sixteen grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and a sister Patti Stachler of Philothea. Along with his parents and wife, Charlie was preceded in death by a son John Garman, a daughter Janet Harrod, five sisters, and five brothers.
Charlie attended Minster High School. He had been an active member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen. Charlie had worked for the former Wissman Sheet Metal and New Idea, and later for the Village of New Bremen where he retired as the Electric Supervisor in 1990 after 27 years of service. He had been a firefighter with the New Bremen German Twp. Fire Department for 25 years, spending ten of those years as the Assistant Chief. He enjoyed working with his hands, and he spent many hours doing woodworking, helping to repair cars, and doing anything handy for others after his retirement. In his spare time Charlie enjoyed spending time with his Wendy’s coffee club, going fishing, throwing horseshoes, and playing Euchre and poker.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen, with Rev. Fr. Thomas Dorn and Deacon Greg Bornhorst officiating. Interment will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery of New Bremen. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, prior to the Mass at church from 9:00 until 10:00 AM, the Rosary will then be prayed at 10:00 AM. Memorial contributions in memory of Charlie can be made to the Church of the Holy Redeemer Renovation Project, or to the New Bremen German Twp. Fire Department.
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Makaley Brown saysJune 3, 2020 at 9:07 pm
Garman family: My heart aches for your loss. I enjoyed the time I spent with Charlie at Elmwood ❤ It was truly an honor taking care of such a gentle soul. May Charlie always rest in peace.
David Topp saysJune 3, 2020 at 10:51 pm
Bless you guys! Thinking of you at this time.
Linda (topp) Millisor saysJune 3, 2020 at 11:43 pm
We have you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Larry & Janice Smith saysJune 4, 2020 at 10:33 am
Erline and Family – please accept our deepest sympathy. Charlie always had a smile and I loved seeing him come into the Bank. So very sorry for your loss.
Robert Topp saysJune 4, 2020 at 11:18 am
Doc will be sorely missed, my family’s prayer are with you all, God Bless.
Alice Hartwig saysJune 4, 2020 at 11:34 am
My sincere sympathy to all. May all your good memories forever keep your dad in your heart.
Larry & Linda Powers saysJune 5, 2020 at 2:59 pm
Dear Garman Family, We are so very sorry for your loss. Charlie was a great guy and a wonderful neighbor. May all of your beautiful memories keep him always close. Sending hugs and prayers!
Dick and Linda Anderson saysJune 5, 2020 at 11:32 pm
Would like to offer our condolences to Charlie’s sister, Patti, and his children and grandchildren. We are so sorry for your loss.
Dick and Linda Anderson
Dean and Kate saysJune 11, 2020 at 12:38 pm
Our deepest condolences to his entire family. Dean and Kate Hartwig
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