Douglas Stephen Garbett Sr., 82, of Hinckley passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at his home.
He was born January 16, 1939 in Minneapolis, MN to Thomas and Helen (Stevenson) Garbett. Douglas grew up in Minneapolis where he graduated from Minneapolis Vocational in 1957. In July of 1957 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was Honorably Discharged in June 1959. Douglas remained in the Army Air Corps Reserves until June 1963. Following his active duty, Douglas began working for Honeywell and after a few years he enrolled in Dunwoody Institute to learn the electrician trade. In 1974 he moved to Alaska to work on the pipeline as an electrician for a couple of years, upon returning to Minnesota he worked in the IBEW Local Union 292. In 1978 he returned to Honeywell and worked as an electrician until he retired from there in 1997. In his retirement he also drove truck for four years with his wife Sandy.
On June 27, 1981 he was united in marriage to Sandra Harrington in Newport, Minnesota. They lived for a time in Little Canada, Blaine and Coon Rapids. In 1998 they built their home near Hinckley and have been there ever since.
Douglas enjoyed playing cards and had a recent interest in politics. Trucking and vacations allowed him to travel the U.S. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by grandchildren Scott Kleppen, Eric Storm, and brother Richard Garbett. Douglas is survived by his wife Sandy of Hinckley, children Shelly (Brian) Draeger of Coon Rapids, Doug Garbett Jr., Bill Garbett both of Stacy, Susie Garbett of Hinckley, Kimberly (Kevin) Opsahl of Redstone, MT, Tim (Stacy) Storm of Isanti, ten grandchildren Thomas and Nicholas Draeger, Angela Garbett, Jessica McCormick (Casey Murray), Megan Fortin (Bryan Lynch), Sam Tagg, Emily (Shane) Barnes, Zach Storm, Chris (Jackie) Storm, Taylor Kleppen (Thom Ranua), eight great grandchildren Landon, Brandon, Cayden, Brylee, Bryan, Jacob, Tyler and Elle, as well as other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held 11AM, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home in Cambridge. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery with full military honors.
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