In loving memory of

Earl L. Garrels
February 10, 1928 - September 20, 2019

Earl L. Garrels, 91, of Danville, died Friday, September 20, 2019 at Savannah Heights in Mt. Pleasant. He was born February 10, 1928 in Burlington to Lester V. and Ethel Grace Filson Garrels. On August 8, 1948 he married Doris M. McNeeley in Mt. Pleasant.
Mr. Garrels was a 1946 graduate of New London High School and a member of Long Creek United Methodist Church. He began his career at Mason Hangar in construction and retired as production superintendent on Line One in 1990.
Earl and Doris loved traveling to all fifty states in their 5th wheel, and enjoyed traveling to Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. For 25 years they wintered in Sebring, Florida.
He was always a good friend and helper to others, but it was hard for him to accept help.
Besides his wife, he is survived by four children; Cheryl (Jerry) Hite, and Kenneth (Sandy) Garrels of Danville, John (Sue) Garrels, of Ft. Madison, and Karen (Darrell) Becker of West Point; daughter-in-law, Cindy Garrels of Wever; nine grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; sister, Beverly Gosselink of Runnells, Iowa; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, son David, grandson Travis Hite, brother Robert "Bobby" Garrels and sister Betty Lou Kuntz.
The funeral service for Earl Garrels will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday at Elliott Chapel, New London, with Pastor David Mixon officiating. Visitation will begin at 9 AM with the family greeting friends from 12:30 until the time of the service.
Burial will follow in Long Creek Cemetery.
Memorials for Long Creek United Methodist Church and Every Step Hospice have been established in his memory.
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charles and Lois Brinkman wrote on Sep 23, 2019:

"Charles and Lois our sincere sympathy I TO DORIS AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY In the passing of EARL , HE Will BE MISSED BY MANYl neighbors Charles and LOIS BINKMAN"

Maxine M.Conn 1715 Ripley Street Nauvoo, I wrote on Sep 23, 2019:

"My sincere sympathy in the loss of your special HUSBAND/Father / Grandfather & loved one. I worked on Line 2 as a LINE Clerk for Earl many years ago. He was a kind and thoughtful BOSS to work for and I knew he was a believer. A former LINE CLERK Maxine M. Conn Nauvoo, Illinoisd"