John Garner

September 24, 2019

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Updated: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 03:12:28 CST

Memorial Celebration for John R. C. Garner, Jr. will be held on Monday, September 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Orleans, Nebraska with Pastor Dave Irwin officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the United States Air Force Honor Guard in conjunction with the Orleans Harold Morin American Legion Post #184. Inurnment will be held at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada at a later date.

John R.C. Garner, Jr., 63 years of age, of Oxford, Nebraska, (formerly Las Vegas, Nevada) passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. John was born April 24, 1950 at San Diego, California, the son of John Robert Carl Garner, Sr. and Marie Claire (Lyhene) Garner. He received his education at Las Vegas, Nevada. Following graduation from high school he had a baseball scholarship to San Diego State University, yet was unable to take advantage of the scholarship due to his calling to the Air Force. John served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was inducted into the Air Force on September 24, 1969 at San Bernardino, California. He served as an in-flight refueling operator during Vietnam and following the war, John continued to serve until his honorable discharge on July 8, 1977. He was a decorated airman that received the Air Force Longevity Service Award, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal and Air Force Medal with 10 oak leaf clusters.

Following his service, John devoted a period of his life to caring for his parents in their home prior their passing. He then began a career in security with Brink’s Armored Transportation in Las Vegas until his retirement. In the fall of 2011 he relocated to Orleans, Nebraska, where he resided with his Anderson family.

On March 20, 2012 he was united in marriage to Rita Youngquist and the couple made their home in Oxford. They enjoyed special times attending several live music events, baseball games and traveling experiences.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

John leaves to mourn his passing; his wife, Rita of Oxford; step-children: Becky Rison of Whidbey Island Naval Base in Whidbey, Washington and D.J. Rison of Kearney; mother-in-law, Mary Youngquist; sister-in-law, Lynelle Youngquist both of Orleans; adopted family: Ron and Carroll Anderson, Ed Anderson and his son, William, and Rose Reed all of Orleans; and a host of friends.

There will be no visitation.

A memorial has been established in John’s honor and will be designated at a later date.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at

The Mitchell Funeral Home in Orleans is in charge of the arrangements.