Robert J Garner

March 12th, 1949 to January 1st, 2020

Robert James “Pa” "Monkey Paw” Garner, 70, of Lynn Township, died January 1, 2020.

He was born March 12, 1949 in Joplin, Missouri.

Pa worked throughout the United States as a carpenter. He was a very religious and spiritual man who also loved to study and read books. He believed that music feeds the soul, and could play any instrument he picked up. Pa was a pacifist and local cannabis activist that loved helping people.

He is survived by two children, Tabitha (Troy Rieger) Gower and Mathew Gower; loving fur companions, Evie, Blue, Baby, Scout, and Mittens; lifelong friend, Felixcia Gower (J.R. Asaro); and best friend and “brother”, Uncle Bill Hicks.

Private family services have been held. Arrangements are by Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. To send condolences, visit

Some of Pa’s last words for those who loved him to ponder: “I would jump in if the river wasn’t so crooked and take a long, cool, nap.”

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