Services for Russell Houston Garmen, 92, of Wilder, who died
Tuesday, Nov. 12, at home, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at
the Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, with the Rev. Sam Hendrix
of the Caldwell Memorial Park Baptist Church and the Rev. Doug
Larzelier of the Wilder Golden Gate Baptist Church
officiating. Interment will follow at the Wilder Cemetery.
Mr. Garman, a retired farmer and orchardist, was born
Jan. 11, 1893, at Haldane, Ill., to Stephen Douglas and Mary
Caroline Hershey Garman. In 1904, he moved to Caldwell with
his family and divided his time attending school there,
helping clear the Wilder area homestead of sagebrush and
constructing irrigation ditches. They were among the first
homesteaders on the Wilder Bench and hauled their drinking
water from the Snake River. He participated in Fargo community
activities, playing baseball and acting in plays. He served in
the Army during World War I. He married Vergie Rankin Dec. 7,
1924, at Fruitland. They celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary with an open house at their home south of
Wilder in 1984. They spent their entire married life on Garman
Hill. He enjoyed watching the desert being changed into
productive farm land and in 1980 was honored by the town of
Wilder, during their 4th of July celebration, as
the oldest living pioneer in the Wilder area. He helped record
the history of the area for various organizations.
He was an active member of the Veterans of World War I of
the U.S.A., Inc. He enjoyed raising sheep and served as a
member and director of the Parma Wool Pool for many years. He
was a member of the Lutheran Church in Polo, Ill., and
attended the Golden Gate Baptist Church in Wilder for many
He is survived by his wife of Wilder; a son, Houston S.
Garman of Wilder; three daughters, Helen (Mrs. Glenn) Karn of
Boise, Hester (Mrs. Gail) Tuttle of Homedale, Harriet (Mrs.
Jene) Ambrose of Ogden, Utah; 14 grandchildren; and 13
He was preceded in death by three brothers, a sister and
two infant sons.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or a favorite
charity, in care of Dakan Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 1386,
Friends may call at the chapel today from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.