Obit: Garbisch, Scott Dwayne (1956 - 2011)




Surnames: Garbisch, Kirk, Exley, Mullen, LaRock, Tayler, Farley, Bucheger, Volovsek, Boote, Wallick, Menne, Miron, Helm, Rudd, Faust, Opelt, Strom, Luedtke


----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) April 27, 2011


Garbisch, Scott Dwayne (23 December 1956 - 21 April 2011)


Scott Garbisch, 54, of Chippewa Falls died at the home of his mother in Granton late Thursday, April 21, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.


Scott Dwayne Garbisch was born Dec. 23, 1956, in Marshfield, the son of Marvin and Marjorie (Kirk) Garbisch.  He attended school in Granton and graduated from Granton High School in 1975.  He then went on to a technical college in Milwaukee for a short time.  He was united in marriage to Denisse Exley Nov. 30, 1979, in Neillsville; they later divorced. Scott was then married to Beth (Mullen) LaRock at Cornell July 16, 1994.


In 1976, he and his brother, Kirk, became carneys, starting Garbisch Brothers Concessions, employing up to 16 people.  His love for children was probably his primary reason for buying a Merry-go-round.  He continued through 1989 as a game concessionaire, ride owner and lot manager, working carnivals throughout the state.  He was hired at the Northern Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled in 1991 and worked as a janitor, a resident care technician and a supervisor.  He had a special knack for relating to the residents with humor, patience and respect.  He was an RCT there until his health forced him to retire in July of 2010.


Scott love blues music and playing the harmonica.  One highlight was accompanying blues musician Howard "Guitar" Luedtke on stage.  He was an exceptionally skilled pool player who enjoyed motorcycles, fishing and hunting. The family will be installing a meditation bench on the family hunting grounds where Scott spent many hours tending the woods with the younger generation of the family. Scott was a lively character who enjoyed people and spending time with friends.  He was fiercely independent (sometimes a daredevil) and will be remembered for his energetic dancing and irreverent sense of humor.


He is survived by his wife, Beth (LaRock) Garbisch; a son and daughters, Zachary Garbisch of Chippewa Falls, Theresa Garbisch and Nichol Garbisch, their mother, Denise Tayler of Warner Robins, GA; Erin (Trevor) Farley of Lakeville, MN, her mother, Judy (Bucheger) Volovsek of Willard; and Bianca (Joshua Boote) LaRock of Elk Mound; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his mother, Marjorie Garbisch of Granton; a brother, Kirk (Katrina) Garbisch of Wrangell, AK; three sisters, Elise (Stephen) Wallick of North Bend, WA, Vida Menne of Minneapolis, MN, and Zoe Miron of St. Paul, MN; and eight nieces and nephews.


Preceding him in death are his father, Marvin D. Garbisch; his paternal grandparents, Arnold and Gertrude (Helm) Garbisch; maternal grandparents, Laurence and Mabel (Rudd) Kirk; and a stepdaughter, Ronica (LaRock) Faust.


A visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a short service at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, 44 E. Columbia St. in Chippewa Falls, 54729.


A second visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, W2880 Granton Road in Granton with a memorial service at 11 a.m.  Interment will follow in the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery.


Honorary urn bearers are Zachary Garbisch, Dakota Faust, Kirk Garbisch, Mike Mullen, Brian Opelt and Ron Strom.


Online condolences may be made at


The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Scott’s family with funeral arrangements.



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