Dennis L. Garrett of Lexington was born Oct. 12, 1946, in Bloomington, to Clifford and Roberta Rhoda Garrett. He passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 2, 2019, at Florida Hospital, Tampa, while spending the Christmas holiday with family.
Dennis graduated from Lexington High School in 1964 and went on to graduate from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a degree in forestry.
He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was a proud veteran. He trained and showed American paint horses for many years, traveling the country and passing this love onto his daughter Tammy.
He worked for many years at the FS Research Farm in Lexington, operating cattle feed trials. Before his retirement he also worked at Kerry Foods in Gridley.
He married Sherry Vandegraft Graham on July 29, 1995, in Lexington. She survives. Others surviving are daughter, Tammy (Danny) Feezor, Towanda, and granddaughter, Ashlynn Feezor. He is survived by a brother, Keith (Diane) Garrett, Westville. He is also survived by stepdaughters, Kelli Doyle and Tricia (David Gay) Graham of Florida. In addition, stepgrandsons, Colin and Patrick Doyle; stepgranddaughters, Molly Doyle and Kristen Gay; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, great-nephews, a great-niece, and one brother-in-law, Fritz (Sharon Wissmiller) Vandegraft.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; stepgrandson, Sean Doyle; and stepgranddaughter, Kayla Sutter.
In his retirement he enjoyed traveling, working with horses, antiquing, reading, and most of all, his loving family. Dennis was an immensely kind and giving man who will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.
As he wished, he was cremated. A celebration of his life is planned 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Lexington Community Center, 207 W. Main.
Memorials can be made to American Legion Elmo F. Hill Post 291, P.O. Box 171, Lexington, IL 61753.
Calvert-Johnson & Musselman Funeral Home, Lexington, is assisting the family with arrangements