Garnet R. Wright was born Oct. 10, 1926, at Mason City, the oldest child of Ed and Atha (Guthrie) Wright. Garnet started his school years northeast of Mason City.
Most of his school years were in town and he graduated from Mason City High School in 1944. After graduation he spent the summer working on the railroad crew while waiting to be called up to serve in the Navy Air Corps. He spent two years in the service and in 1946 he came to Broken Bow and started working in the Gambles Store.
While working at Gambles, he met his wife to be there. September 7, 1947, he and Maxine (Olson) were married by the Methodist minister (Rev. Zimmerman). They spent the next 63 years of married life in Broken Bow.
Garnet was asked in 1959 to begin his new career working in Security State Bank for Mr. P. G. Richardson. When the bank was sold he was asked to come to work across the street in Broken Bow State Bank. He continued there to the end of his banking career, retiring in 1988. He made many friends while in the banks.
Garnet and Maxine are parents of four children: Steve of Olathe, Kansas; Deb Grantzinger of Merna; Randy of Washington, Ill., and Laurel Fitzgerald of Austin, Texas. They have nine grandchildren and eight grea- grandchildren.
Garnet spent many hours coaching baseball when the two sons were playing on Elks League and Legion ball. He also served on the Custer County Fair Board as Treasurer. He was also on the Airport Authority Board and the City Utility Board.
Garnet is survived by his wife, Maxine; daughters, Deb and Joe Grantzinger of Merna; Laurel and Kris Fitzgerald of Austin, Texas; sons, Steve and Eugenia of Olathe, Kansas and Randy and Kim of Washington, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Andy and Mindy Wright of Lincoln, Kelly and Wade Marsh of Mullen, Amanda and Adam White of Lincoln, Jeremy Wright of Clive, Iowa, John Wright of Macon, Ga., Doug Wright of Washington, Ill., Patrick Fitzgerald of Austin, Texas, Amy Grantzinger of Lincoln and Ryan and Chelsa Grantzinger of Merna. Also surviving are eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Joyce and Mike Holm of Pocatello, Idaho; one brother, Johnny and Loris Wright of Broken Bow, nieces and nephews.
Garnet died Friday, March 18, 2011, at the age of 84, at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow. Funeral services were March 21, 2011 in Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow with the Rev. Larry DeMoss officiating. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with Military Honors. Memorials have been suggested to the Broken Bow American Legion Baseball Program or the Custer County Fairgrounds.