John R. “Rod” Garrity, age 76 years, of Viola, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born on February 15, 1943 to Kenneth and Florence (Bliss) Garrity in Hillsboro, Wisconsin. He was married to Ramona Bass. Later, Rod married Karen La Coste.
Rod worked in different jobs, but spent many years working as an automotive mechanic. He lived for a few years in Beloit, but for most of his life in the Vernon County area.
He enjoyed hunting, stock car races and demolition derbies. Rod also loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and attending family reunions. He was a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Viola.
Survivors include his wife, Karen; children, Shelley Strait, Lisa (Mike) Clements, Shannon Garrity (Troy De Pold), Chan Wood, Summer (Jeff) Shaw and Ray (Barbara) Wood; nine Grandchildren, seventeen Great Grandchildren; brother, William (Sharon) Garrity and sisters, Alice Preuss and Janice Johnsrud.
He was preceded in death by his Parents; son, Derek Spanjer; son-in-law, Jeff Strait; brothers, Kenneth (Mary) and Dean Garrity and an infant brother, Steve Garrity; infant sister, Kathy Garrity and brothers-in-law, Roger Preuss and Ronald Johnsrud.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Burial will be in the Mount Vernon Cemetery in Hillsboro. Friends may call at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.