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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 12:15 am

KEARNEY — John Seigel Garrett III, 31, of Minden died Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Minden United Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul Blanchard officiating. Burial will be at White Hill Cemetery north of Minden.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at Layton-Craig Funeral Home in Minden.

He was born April 30, 1983, in Lincoln to John and Sheryl Ann (Schuda) Garrett.


Survivors include his father; grandmother, Janice Garrett; uncles, Jeff Garrett and William Schuda; aunts, Jodi Garrett, Jill Hecox and husband Mark, Mary Beth Miller and her husband, Jan Grange and her husband, and Alice Schuda and her husband; cousins, Jared, Justin, and Jordan Hecox and families, Zachary Kaczmarek, Cassandra Kaczmarek, John Grange, Maggie Grange, Cathryn Grange, Martin Schmidt, Maya Schmidt, Sheryl Miller, Sara Miller and Marvin Miller; great-aunts, Sheryl Bratten and her husband, Don, and family and Sylvia Hansen and her husband, Stan, and family; and a host of other friends and relatives. He leaves behind special puppy Tiki.

Following the death of his mother one year after his birth, on June 22, 1984, he came to live with his grandparents, John and Janice Garrett of Minden. His school years were spent in Minden Public Schools where he graduated in 2001. He then attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Johnny was a lifelong learner, studying many subjects on his own. His interests were wide — studying philosophy, great religions, technology, astronomy and nature. He loved plants and watching them grow. He had a sincere love and compassion for all animals. Johnny’s puppies were constant company, and he would even carry a spider out of the house to set it free. He was always a willing helper to all in need. His family was especially important to him.

He worked at Burchell’s White Hill Farmhouse Inn at the time of his death and was a member of the United Methodist Church. Johnny enjoyed playing Magic and throwing Frisbee. Material possessions were not important to Johnny. Music was a comfort to him. One of his favorite artists was Phish.

He was preceded in death by his mother; grandparents, John Garrett and Leona and C.S. Schuda; and a cousin.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) “What is your life? You are a mist that appears a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:14). So many unfinished plans and dreams. Johnny will live on in the memories of those who love him and in honor through his greatest gift of life by being an organ donor.

Memorials are suggested to White Hill Cemetery and to others yet to be determined.

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