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William Wallace "Bill" Garrison, 90, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Thursday, March 1, 1922, in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, the son of James Earl and Maude (Smith) Garrison. He departed this life at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at the Fulton Manor Care Center in Fulton, Missouri, where he had been a resident for the last three years.
Bill was a United States WWII Army Veteran serving in the Southern Pacific Theatre of operations. He began his service at Fort Warren, Wyoming where he served in the last Cavalry the Army would have prior to being deployed to the Southern Pacific. He was thrilled to be a recent Honor Flight member and to see the World War II Memorial. He was particularly touched that there was final recognition of those who did not come home.
On October 6, 1957, he was united in marriage to Dr. Alice Marsh in Kansas City, Missouri. They made their home in Pleasant Hill until 2010 when they moved to Fulton, Missouri . Alice preceded him in death on April 5, 2012.
Bill was employed as a Senior High School Teacher and had served in the Strasburg, Lone Jack, and Raymore-Peculiar school districts. He retired in 1982. He was a lifelong learner and an avid student of history. He remained interested in current events, world politics and continued to educate others up until his last days of life.
In addition to his passion to learn and educate others, he had a great love of the outdoors. In his retirement, he spent many happy hours at Truman Lake fishing for crappie. He loved to visit national parks and bring history to life by visiting museums and civil war battlefields across the United States.
He was past commander, chaplain and member of the Newton Dudley, American Legion Post # 53, Pleasant Hill, a Master Mason and member of Jewel Lodge #480, Pleasant Hill, and was a Shriner.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, James Garrison; and one sister Hazel Hopper.
He is survived by one son Peter J. Garrison and his wife Estelle of Independence, Missouri; one daughter Sara M. Revelle and her husband Joe of Fulton, Missouri; four grandchildren Rachel Garrison of Lee's Summit, Missouri, Phillip Garrison and his wife Brittany of Harrisonville, Missouri, Dr. Andrew Revelle and his wife Rene of Parkersburg, West Virginia and Elizabeth "Libby" Revelle of Fulton, Missouri; one great granddaughter, Cora Alice Garrison of Harrisonville, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, January 25, 2013, at the Pleasant Hill First Presbyterian Church. Reverend's Sarah Ross & Reith Gewin officiated. Music was rendered by Mrs. Mary Pat Meyer. Full military honors were performed by the Pleasant Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 Honor Guard and the United States Army.
Cremation has been accorded. Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Historical Society and may be sent in care of the funeral home.