Kenneth “Kenny” A. Garland, 97 of 625 Oakhill Ave., Plymouth, Indiana and formerly of the Argos community died on Aug. 6, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the Miller’s Merry Manor Assisted Living apartments where he passed peacefully in his sleep.
Kenny was born on April 27, 1919, in Culver, to William and Gladys (Humes) Garland. He has lived in the Marshall County area since 1941, coming from the Knox, Stark County community. On August 24, 1940, in Plymouth, he married Marjorie Elizabeth (McDonald) Garland and together they shared 67 years with each other. She preceded him on Feb. 3, 2008.
Kenny was a Farmer and Welder in the Tippecanoe community, but also worked for the Nickel Plate Railroad as a Foreman from Chicago, Ill., to Bellview, Ohio. He retired in 1980 from the Railroad.
Kenny served his country in the United States Marine Corp in the 5th Marine Division as an Auto Rifleman Specialist from November 2, 1944 to May 9, 1946, when he received his Honorable Discharge. The 5th Marine Division was a United States Marine Corps infantry division which was activated on Nov. 11, 1943, at Camp Pendleton, Calif., during World War II. The 5th Division saw its first combat action during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945, where it sustained the highest number of casualties of the three Marine divisions of the V Amphibious Corps. The 5th Division was to be part of the planned invasion of the Japan homeland before Japan surrendered. Assault troops of the 5th Division were included in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to the V Amphibious Corps for extraordinary heroism on Iwo Jima from Feb. 19-28, 1945. The 5th Division was deactivated on Feb. 5, 1946. He was a member of the Argos American Legion Post #68, Argos.
Kenny is survived by his daughters: Carolyn (Joseph) Clingenpeel, Warsaw; and Nancy (Gary) Kinsey, Tippecanoe. Six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 19 Great-Great-Grandchildren. His sister: Virginia Bernero of Culver. Brother: Victor Garland of Knox.
He is preceded in death by his Parents, Wife: Marjorie Garland; son: Russell A. Garland; grandson: Craig Garland, and four sisters and one brother
Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 9, at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday August 10, at the Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos, with Rev. Larry Kreft of Grace Outreach Fellowship, Tippecanoe.
Burial will follow at the Burr Oak Cemetery, Culver, with the United States Marine Corp Honor Guard and the Argos American Legion Post #68 Honor Guard.
Memorial Contribution may be made to: Argos E.M.S. & Fire Department, 201 West Walnut Street, Argos, Indiana 46501 or Argos American Legion Post #68, 120 N. First St., Argos, Indiana 46501