Richard I. Garland

SUBLETTE - Richard I. Garland, 90, of Sublette died Sept. 14, 2020 at the Rock River Hospice Home in Sterling.

A public visitation will be held from 9 to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Sublette. Face coverings and public distancing are required. A private family Mass of Christian Burial will follow at the church with Rev. Randy Fronek officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Mary Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy.

Richard was born Nov. 3, 1929 in Princeton to Cornelius T. and Gertrude (Battin) Garland. He was the only one of his parent’s 11 children born in a hospital. He married Leila Ann Rapp on June 28, 1952.

Survivors include his wife; six children, Jerry (Pat) Garland of Sublette, Karen (Dan) Leake of Dixon, Sue (Maurice) Zimmerlein of Sublette, Patti (Jim) Heintzelman of Dixon, Dean Garland of Island Lake, and Roger (Michelle) Garland of Hilliard, Ohio; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Robert Garland of Springfield.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Joyce Ann Garland; five sisters, Delores Chesley, Midge Hochstatter, Evelyn Ryan, Vivian Gabel and Rosmund Buckley; and four brothers, Joseph, Clifford, Virgil and Raymond Garland.

Richard served in the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry as a B.A.R. gunner during the Korean Conflict. He worked at Conco in Mendota until retiring in 1978 and then worked for Chicago Whiting Crane Company. He had also owned and operated the Garland Vault Business and with his wife, owned and operated the Garland Health Spa, both in Mendota. He was member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Sublette, the Elks Lodge in Mendota and was a volunteer fireman/ambulance driver for 18 years with the Sublette Fire Department.

Memorials have been established to Sublette Fire Department, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and Rock River Hospice and Home.

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