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Official Obituary of

Michael William Garretson

August 5, 1955 ~ February 20, 2024 (age 68) 68 Years Old

Michael Garretson Obituary

Michael William Garretson, 68, of Monmouth, Oregon, passed away surrounded by his family on February 20, 2024. Mike was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Bonnie Jean Garretson; his parents, William George Garretson and Leola Mae Garretson and their infant son, Freddy.

Mike was blessed to be loved by many and will be missed by those he left behind. He is survived by children, Veronica Dery and her husband, Jeanette Chenevert and her husband, and Travis Baker; sister, Judy Garretson; and several grandkids, nieces and nephews.

Mike was born on August 5, 1955 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Leola and William Garretson. His arrival was much anticipated by his older sister, Judy. In the early 1960’s the family moved to Castle Rock, Colorado where he spent his childhood developing hobbies that he loved such as coin and stamp collecting, hunting and developing a strong work ethic. Mike was blessed with a love of antiques when he started working in the local antique store as a part time job while in high school. He attended Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, graduating in 1974. After school Mike went to work at Ensigne – Bickford  manufacturing explosives. It was there that he met the love of his life, Bonnie, and her two children, Jeanette and Travis. He became “Dad”. Jeanette and Travis loved having special moments together like the support at choir and band concerts, weekly boy scout meetings and sports. Mike and Bonnie got married February 9, 1979. They finished their family in 1980 with the birth of Veronica.

As the children grew and the family expanded Mike loved spending time with his grandkids. He often took the grandkids on walks, to the park to play tennis, and what has been known as “Camp Gramp”, where they would visit and go see historical local sights on week-long summer visits. Mike’s favorite holiday was always Halloween. He loved seeing the kids and grandkids in their costumes and always was the one to take them out trick or treating. He will be missed and always be loved.

There will be a private family celebration of Mike’s life at a later date. Friends and family are encouraged to sign the online guestbook at www.coosbayareafunerals.com. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.

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