Joe Garst, 73

Joe Garst, 73, Somerset, passed away peacefully at 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, at Colonial Oaks Health & Rehabilitation Center in Marion.

He was born in Marion on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1947, to Guy and Gwenevere (Younce) Garst.

As a kid, Joe hated having to share his birthday with New Year’s Eve. He grew up in Somerset, living in the old town and attending school there until the dam was built in 1964. After the family moved to the new town on the edge of the Mississinewa Reservoir, Joe loved to water ski behind his dad’s boat there. He attended Southwood from the time the new school was opened in 1962 until his graduation in 1966, playing trumpet in the Southwood High School band. In 1973, he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources from Ball State University. Joe never married, and he spent much of his adult life working as a carpenter around Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Austin, Texas. However, he retired to Somerset in 2010. Joe enjoyed playing guitar.

Survivors include his older sister, Judy (Garst) Schramm of the San Diego, Calif., area, and a son, Kelly Tellef of Fort Wayne, recently discovered through DNA testing.

There will not be any public visitation or funeral service. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Integrity Funeral Care, 2901 S. Washington St., Marion, IN.

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Posted on 2021 Sep 29