Longtime resident of Salem, Garnet Marion Six, was born July 10, 1914 in Stettler, Alberta, to James and Emma (Kulp) Six, joining big sister Muriel.
When Garnet was small the family moved from Canada. First to Puyallup, Wash., then Compton, Calif and Santa Clara, Ore. before settling in Salem in 1934. A lifelong Nazarene, Garnet was a faithful Christian and supportive member of the local Nazarene Church, singing in the choir and involved in the life of his church.
Garnet married Marjory Spitler in 1937 and they raised four loving children. Garnet’s first job in Salem was in a box factory. He was fond of relating that one day he took off his coveralls and the next day put on a suit and tie for work in the county clerk’s office. His last employment was with Salem Title Insurance where he worked for over 30 years before retiring in 1976. In retirement he kept active working on his rentals, golfing, gardening, watching sports, especially the Oregon Ducks. Music was a big part of his life and he enjoyed playing his 1926 banjo as a member of the Northwest Banjo Band.
He and Marjory also traveled some, but truly enjoyed their home where their expanded family and friends were always welcome for seasonal celebrations and special memories.
Marjory preceded him in death in 1999.
In 2012, Garnet joined friends at Lancaster Village which continued as his residence until he died peacefully on Friday, November 11, 2016, at the age of 102. He is survived by his children, Roy (Okhie) Six, Gordon (Cheryl) Six, Roberta (George) Fletcher, all of Salem, and Joyce (Stephen) Fleischmann, of Vancouver, Wash.; seven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial is planned for Garnet on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 1550 Market Street NE, Salem, OR. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Salem First Nazarene or Union Gospel Mission.