Jan 17, 2013 - StaffDavid R. Garrity, of Hudson, Wis., died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at his home surrounded by family. He was 68 years old.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 139 Church Hill Road, Somerset, Wis. Visitation will be one hour before mass at church. A celebration of life service will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 11th St. S., Hudson, Wis.
David R. Garrity was born June 24, 1944, in St. Joseph, Mo., the son of Richard P. and Marie M. (Merkt) Garrity.
He moved with his family to Wisconsin and graduated from Somerset High School in 1962. He enlisted in the Navy, where he served on a submarine. After discharge from the Navy, he attended UW River Falls.
He married Gayle DuRand on June 25, 1966, at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Somerset, Wis. Their union was blessed with four children and 46 years of marriage.
Mr. Garrity was an entrepreneur and a self-employed man involved in many ventures. Even in post-retirement, he enjoyed working at Home Depot.
His family said he enjoyed old cars, fishing, horseback riding, flower gardening and traveling, especially on road trips out West to the mountains. As a "political junkie," he loved to read. He also took on many remodeling projects around the house.
His family said his true legacy was that of a devoted family man: a loving husband and dad, and the kind of grandpa who loved to fish with his grandchildren and show his love through teasing and playing with them.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Gayle; children Chance Garrity and his wife Michele of Woodbury, Bridgett Garrity of Riverton, Justin Garrity and his wife Alisha of Portland, Ore., and Katie (Matthew Macander) Garrity of Fairbanks, Alaska; grandchildren Adam Garrity, Lauren Garrity, Trevor Garrity, David Garrity, Whitman Garrity, Violet Garrity, Sophia Macander, Gwendalynn Macander and Isaac Macander; siblings Rita Letourneau and her husband Craig, Mike Garrity, Dan Garrity, Paul Garrity, Joan Clotfelter, and Pat Garrity and his wife Irma; nieces and nephews Shannon Letourneau, Nathan Letourneau, Simone Letourneau and Kelli Garrity; and numerous other relatives, in-laws and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Marie.
Services entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, Wis.
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