Ronnie Garrison

Ronnie Dean Garrison, of East Lansing, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2023, at the age of 76. He was born in Mason, Michigan, on January 2, 1947, where he went on to graduate high school. Ron was a proud U.S Army veteran having served our country during the Vietnam War from 1967-1969. Ron was hired by the State of Michigan, Dept. of Transportation, after he returned from Vietnam, where he worked as a draftsman, designing roads until his retirement.

Ron was known for his great sense of humor and contagious laughter. He was a skilled craftsman and woodworker, always willing to lend a hand to others with their home projects. Bowling was one of his favorite pastimes, so much so that he was called away from the alley for the birth of his daughter Lindsey. He also spent many years on the golf course, entertaining his friends with his jokes and quick wit.

To say that his daughter and her sons were his pride and joy is putting it lightly. He bragged about them to everyone he met. He cherished every visit and reminded them to bring him a donut (which they did without fail) every time they came to see him. He absolutely loved a Long John donut from Quality Dairy.

Ron loved cars, and owned many he was so proud of over the years.

Surviving are his daughter, Lindsey Thompson (Carl Braun), and his two grandsons whom he adored, Carter and Spencer McConnell. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Garrison and Lydia Eldred, and his beloved dogs, Toby and Scooter.

The family thanks all of the staff and caregivers at the VA Battle Creek Community Living Center where Ron was lovingly cared for during the last years of his life.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, 2121 N. Cedar St. in Holt. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour before the service.

Ron’s remains will be interred at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan, with military honors on Wednesday, September 13th at 1:30 p.m.

The family welcomes donations to The Alzheimer’s Association, in memory of Ron, as an expression of sympathy instead of flowers.

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Amber Dawn
August 25, 2023 at 4:43 pm

Lindsey, Carl and family, we are so sorry for your loss of your dad. We enjoyed watching some of his antics with you online. We know he will be missed and watching over you daily.

Chuck & Dorene smith
August 25, 2023 at 7:12 pm

We are sorry to hear about your dad..thoughts with u & family. We will see you on the 12th.
Chuck & Dorene

Sue & Rick Cummer
August 26, 2023 at 12:19 pm

So sorry to hear of the passing of Ronnie. I didn’t know him well but he always made a point to say “hi Susie” when I saw him at family gatherings. My condolences go out to his family and loved ones.

Terry & Marilyn Langham
August 27, 2023 at 2:21 pm

Sincere condolences to the family. Both Marilyn and I knew Ron as a cousin and friend and always thought very highly of him. We’re sure he will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Terry & Marilyn Langham

Bob Callard
August 28, 2023 at 12:34 am

I worked closely with Ron at MDOT for many years. He was our go-to guy for many types of home repair issues from electrical to mechanical, wood working, etc. Sorry to hear of his passing. His company was always enjoyed!

Michael Schreiner
September 1, 2023 at 7:15 pm

Ron was truly my best friend. We spent 50 years sharing things at work, renovating each other’s homes and bowling. I will miss his support, intelligence, and humor. I love you Ron.

September 6, 2023 at 1:04 pm

Imma Miss G-Man


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