Woodward County Obituaries

Waldo Galen "Dub" Garnett
28 Oct 1945 - 25 Jan 2007

Woodward Daily Press
28 Jan 2007 Page 3

Waldo Galen "Dub" Garnett was born Oct. 28, 1945 in Mooreland, Okla. to Waldo Eugene Garnett and Rena Alice (Smith). He died suddenly at the Share Medial Center on January 25, 2007 at the age of 61 years 2 months and 28 days. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Alva First Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Alva Memorial Cemetery under direction of Wharton Funeral Chapel.

Dub grew up on the family farm in Harper County and graduated from Fort Supply High School in 1963. He attended Panhandle State University and graduated from the "school of hard knocks" as he would say. In 1964 he was married to Bonnie Whittaker at the First Christian Church in Woodward, Okla. Following their wedding they moved to Buffalo, Okla. where he went to work for Ideal Food Stores. It became evident his gift was to get struggling stores back on track. He managed stores in Shattuck, Fairview and Enid before calling Alva home in 1971. By this time John, James, Jerry and Julie had joined the family and it was time to stay in one place. In 1976 he purchased the Conoco Bulk Plant. A few years later he opened the Conoco Station and Garnett Oil Company was established.

His hobbies were restoring Model A Fords, and old fans. He had a talent for finding old things and making them new again. His last project was his childhood wagon that he restored for his grandson Baylor.

One of his favorite pastimes was to join his friends on the bench in front of the station, which also served as a welcome mat for anyone who wanted to sit a spell. Dub, known for his quick wit, could pull a joke or good story out of the air to fit any occasion.

In the business he was in he had the opportunity to meet many people. It was not uncommon to get a call from the police in the night, with a person passing through who needed help. Some would come back later, (maybe years later) and tell him how they appreciated what he did for them. There probably were many we never heard about, because helping was just second nature to Dub.

He was a member of the Oklahoman Petroleum Marketers Association, and an Honorary FFA member. He was also a member of the local "Breakfast Club".

Survivors include his wife Bonnie of the home, John Garnett, of Issaquah, Wash., James Garnett, of New York, N.Y., Jerry Garnett and wife Debbie of Alva and Julie and her husband Dr. Jon Wren of Alva. Grandchildren Megan, Blake and Devry Garnett, Camryn and Baylor Wren all of Alva, Okla.

A sister, Avis Whittaker and husband, Steve, mother-in-law, Evelyn Whittaker all of Woodward, Okla., Richard and Barbara Whittaker of Enid, Okla., Connie and Joe Welch of Woodward. He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law Dr. R. L. Whittaker.

Contributions may be made to the Spina Bifida Association in honor of his grand-daughter Devry Garnett, or as Dub would say "give it to someone who needs it"

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