Garland Francis Ewalt, 87, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away Friday, September 13, 2019, at the Copper Springs Independent Living in Gilbert, Arizona.
Garland was born on December 15, 1931, near Knox City, Missouri, the son of Fred and Nellie Rae House Ewalt.
He attended the Island Country School, northeast of Knox City, Missouri, before graduating from the Knox City High School in the Class of 1950.
On October 31, 1959, in Quincy, Illinois, Garland married Betty Jean Weems and to this union two children were born.
He served his country in the United States Army after high school, and returned to farm with his dad on the family farm near Knox City, Missouri. Garland began a lengthy career working at Gardner Denver in Quincy, Illinois, and after his marriage to Betty they moved to Arizona to make their home. He was employed at Honeywell Aerospace before returning to Quincy, Illinois and working for the next 20 years with Gardner Denver. Once again, he returned to Arizona and worked for Honeywell Aerospace before retiring in 1994. To keep busy in retirement he worked another 14 years at Alberson’s Store in Mesa, Arizona.
He was a member of the Central Christian Church in Mesa, Arizona, Colony Masonic Lodge, where he received his 60 year pin, and the Knox City American Legion Post in Knox City, Missouri.
Garland is survived by his wife, of nearly 60 years, Betty Ewalt of Mesa, Arizona; a son, Bradley Eugene and his wife, Mary Ewalt of Gilbert, Arizona; a daughter, Brenda Eileen Griffith of Queen Creek, Arizona; a brother, Roy Lee and Mary Lois Ewalt of Galesburg, Illinois; two sisters, Jewell See of Colony, Missouri and Alice Gipson of Edina, Missouri; a grandson, Nicholas Evan Adcock of Gilbert, Arizona; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Nellie Ewalt; four brothers, Byron, John, Charlie, and Albert Ewalt; and two sisters, Carol Pemberton and Roberta Agee.
A Masonic Service was held on Wednesday evening, September 18, 2019, at the funeral home.
Funeral Services were on Thursday, September 19, 2019, with Pastor Mike Wilson officiating at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.
Burial with Full Military Honors were in the Colony Cemetery, in Colony, Missouri, with his nephews, Fred Ewalt, Marshall Lynn Ewalt, Ed See, Allan See, George Ewalt, Tony Ewalt, Yohan Ewalt, Fritz Ewalt, Clay See, Ralph Agee and Paul Wayne Hawkins as casket bearers.
An expression of sympathy in memory of Bud Ewalt may be left to the Knox City American Legion Post. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home 208 N. 4th Street, Edina, Missouri 63537.