ERIE — David Eugene Garard, 74, of Erie passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute.
Dave was born Feb. 8, 1946, in Pittsburg, the only son of Ronald and Eathel (Parsons) Garard. He attended school in McCune, where he lived for 26 years. He served six years in the Army National Guard of Pittsburg and graduated from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1972.
He married Diana (Allen) Garard on May 5, 1972. They lived in Liberty, Missouri, for 12 years before moving to Erie in 1986.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 27, Fort Scott Consistory Scottish Rite, Mirza Shrine Temple of Pittsburg and George F. Hendricks American Legion Post 102, where he served as the post commander for four years and was the financial officer for 16 years. He was active in Bean Town Boosters and a member of the Erie Federated Church. During retirement, he drove patients to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in St. Louis.
He worked for Western Insurance (later called American States Insurance) for 27 years. After retiring, he owned Dave’s Hideaway Bar and Grill, sold real estate for Finley-Maloney Real Estate and drove a school bus for CUSD 101. He did taxes from 1986 until his death.
Survivors include his wife, Diana, of the home in Erie; a daughter, Dana, and her husband, Ryan Thompson, and their daughter, Ryanna, of Pittsburg; a son, Dustin Garard of Tulsa; and an abundance of family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Shriners Hospital via the Mirza Shrine Center in Pittsburg. These may be left at or mailed to the Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.