Garrett William Barry, 99, of Fort Atkinson passed away on June 21 at Milton Senior Living. He was born December 31, 1912 in Bejou, Minnesota, to Edward and Mary Harty Barry. He attended Bejou Grade School, Mahnomen High School, and the Agriculture College of Crookston, Minnesota.
On April 11, 1939, Garrett was united in marriage to Ethel Kelley in Crookston, Minnesota. He joined the United States Army in March 1944, serving in France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and Japan. He was honorably discharged April 18, 1946, after earning several awards including the Combat Infantry Badge and The Bronze Star.
He moved to Fort Atkinson in March 1951 where he worked at NASCO for 25 years, retiring as Director of Purchasing December 31, 1977.
Garrett was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Lion’s Club, and the 90 Plus Group at Soups On. He enjoyed playing cards with his family and many friends. He and Ethel especially enjoyed sitting on their side porch watching the birds, deer, and other wild life on their lawn. He was able to maintain his independence for so many years due to the special care given by Jessica Boeve and Patches Towne.
He is survived by his children: Patricia (Wayne) Wolfgram, Wausau, WI; Connie Cashmer, Warsaw, IN; and Alan Barry, Janesville, WI; grandchildren: Barry (Holly) Wolfgram, Marshfield, WI; Dana (Matt) Davies, Ballwin, MO; Diane (Chris) Haywood, Fort Atkinson; Neal (Kristin) Barry, Omro, WI; Randee (Adam) Taylor, Columbia City, IN; Jocelyn and Celine Crowe, Whitewater; great-grandchildren: Kelly Cashmer, Drake Haywood, Kathleen Wolfgram, Conor Wolfgram, Austin Clark, Quinn Davies, Abygail Barry; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ethel, his sister and brother-in-law Mary Ellen and Lester DeMaster; and a great-grandson.
The funeral mass will be on Saturday, July 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1660 Endl Blvd, Fort Atkinson, with Father Brian Wilk officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery immediately after the funeral mass. Visitation will be on Saturday at the church from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Memorials may be made to: Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchants Avenue, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 or Fort Atkinson Historical Society, 402 Whitewater Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538.
The Dunlap Memorial Home is assisting the family.