RJ “Jay” Garmon, 70, of Tipton, passed away on March 14, 2019 at St. Vincent’s in Indianapolis, following an extended illness. RJ was born on February 15, 1949, in Scottsville, KY to the late Melvin and Gracie (Driver) Garmon.
R.J. graduated from Tipton High School in 1967, and then went on to proudly serve in the United States Army. From 1968-1969 RJ was among the many brave soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War. When he returned to civilian life, he began working at Chrysler Transmission Plant, from which he retired in 2003 after 30 years of employment.
On April 26, 2003 RJ married Janie (Shupard) Garmon. She preceded him in death on May 25, 2016. No doubt they are enjoying a glorious reunion in Heaven.
RJ was a simple guy, who tried to enjoy life every day. He was a member of the American Legion, post 46. He loved to fish and be outdoors. Silver Lake was one of his favorite fishing spots. RJ also enjoyed visiting the casinos and watching IU basketball and Colts football. More than anything he loved to spend time with his family, and he will be greatly missed.
Those left to carry on RJ’s legacy of love are his children, Michelle (Tim) Erny, Melvin (Angel) Garmon, Kyle (Jamie) Garmon and step-daughter, Dawn Dane; siblings, Kenny (Angie) Garmon, Joe (Diane) Garmon, Mary Lieber and Juanita (Jim) Zielinski; grandchildren, Richard Byrd II, Kegan Byrd, Isaac Garmon, Allie Camp, Quinten Camp, Camden Dane, Dalton Dane and Quenton Ballinger; six great grandchildren; and special family friend, Deb Hughes.
RJ was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Gracie (Driver) Garmon; wife, Janie Garmon; and great granddaughter, Faith Byrd.
A funeral service celebrating RJ’s life will be at 5:00pm on March 19, 2019 at Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home located at 314 N. Main St. in Tipton, with Pastor Bill Salsbery officiating. Visitation will be held prior to service from 2:00pm – 5:00pm at the funeral home.
Please feel free to leave an online condolence or share a special memory of RJ with his family on his tribute wall.