HOWARD — James L. Garn Jr., 75, of Howard and formerly of Chesaning, Michigan, passed away Monday, July 16, 2018. He was born July 10, 1943, in Toledo, the son of James L. and Bjorg (Andreason) Garn Sr. James retired from AT&T.

James was an avid outdoorsman that loved fishing and hunting. He enjoyed the country and being surrounded by nature, but most important to him was the quality time he spent with his family and friends.

He is survived by his children, Krista Smith of Howard, Erik (Heather) Garn of Pickerington and Larry Yates of Wyoming; three grandchildren, Amber Smith, Makenna Garn and Wyatt Garn; a sister, Cathy Lee Guy of Florida; and his companion, Sally Kerwood.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Mary Garn (2016); son-in-law, Cliff Smith; and a grandchild, Grayson Garn.

The family will hold a private service at a later date. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of James L. Garn Jr.

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