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Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 7:39 pm

LADDONIA-Services for Butler Edward (Bud) Garnett, 94, of Laddonia, was held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Laddonia Christian Church with Reverend Finley Price officiating. Burial was in Laddonia Cemetery with military honors provided by the Laddonia American Legion Post 510.
Visitation was held Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bienhoff Funeral Home, Laddonia.
Mr. Garnett passed away at 11:17 a.m., June 2, 2014 at his home.
He was born December 28, 1919 in Center, the son of Walter Breckenridge and Katherine Flurry Beshears Garnett.
He was married to Wanda Onita Davidson on January 24, 1946 in Olathe, Kansas, and she survives.
Other survivors include: three sons, Wayne (Terry)  Sims of Laddonia, Greg (Amy) Garnett of Kansas City, and Gary (Becky) Garnett of Laddonia;  two daughters,  Marilyn (Dennis) Grandcolas of Carrolton, Texas, and Diane (Craig) Harlan of Huntsville: nine grandchildren, Scott Sims of Laddonia, Eric Littrell of Thompson, Aaron and Michael Garnett of Kansas City, Darron Rodgers of Knob Noster, Dustin Rodgers of Centerview, Dylan Rucker of Ashland, Daniel Garnett of Moberly, and LeAnn Block of Huntsville: and 20 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by six brothers, Dickie, Gilbert, Hurley, Clayton, Stanley and Bobbie Garnett; and seven sisters, Rachel Flowers, Virginia Evans, Dachel Kauble, Sarah Tribble, Victoria Eckelburger, Delores McNeece, and Shirley Troesser.
Mr. Garnett was lifetime area resident and member of the Laddonia Christian Church.
He was a 1939 graduate of Laddonia High School
He was a member of the Perry VFW Post No. 4088 and a 66 year member  of the Laddonia American Legion Post 510.
He was drafted into the US Army in 1941 and had been at Boot Camp for two days when the bombing of Pearl Harbor took place.
He obtained the rank of PFC and served with the 41st Battalion 2nd Armored Division Hell on Wheels.
He served under General Patton in the European Theatre and saw action in Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe.
He was in the 11th wave at Omaha Beach and received six bronze stars with one being for valor.
He worked for many years in Agri Sales. Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post 510 or Missouri Veteran’s Home, Mexico, Mo.
Pallbearers will be Scott Sims, Eric Littrell, Aaron Garnett, Michael Garnett, Daniel Garnett, Dustin Rodgers, Darron Rodgers, and Dylan Rucker.
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