John R. “Rod” Garrity

John R. “Rod” Garrity, 76, of Viola, Wis., passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born Feb. 15, 1943, to Kenneth and Florence (Bliss) Garrity in Hillsboro, Wisconsin. He was married to Ramona Bass. Later, Rod married Karen La Coste.

Rod worked in different jobs, but spent many years working as an automotive mechanic. He lived for a few years in Beloit, but for most of his life in the Vernon County area.

He enjoyed hunting, stock-car races and demolition derbies. Rod also loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and attending family reunions. He was a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Viola.

Survivors include his wife, Karen; his children, Shelley Strait, Lisa (Mike) Clements, Shannon Garrity (Troy De Pold), Chan Wood, Summer (Jeff) Shaw and Ray (Barbara) Wood; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; his brother, William (Sharon) Garrity; and his sisters, Alice Preuss and Janice Johnsrud.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Derek Spanjer; his son-in-law, Jeff Strait; his brothers, Kenneth (Mary) and Dean Garrity, and an infant brother, Steve Garrity; his infant sister, Kathy Garrity; and his brothers-in-law, Roger Preuss and Ronald Johnsrud.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Cemetery in Hillsboro. Friends may call at the Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro on Saturday from 10–11 a.m. For online information, go to

Comments are closed.

  • Betty J. Prell

    May 26th, 2020

    Betty J. Prell, 87, of Wilton died Friday, May 22, 2020, at Elroy Health Services.

    Ingeborg “Inga” Louise (Eness) Gerber

    May 18th, 2020

    Ingeborg “Inga” Louise (Eness) Gerber went to her heavenly home the morning of Thursday, May 14, 2020, at her daughter’s home, following a courageous battle with cancer.

    Bertha M. Fowler

    May 15th, 2020

    Bertha M. Fowler, 93, of Tomah died Wednesday May 13, 2020, with one of her daughters by her side, at the Morrow Home in Sparta.

    Lorraine Carolyn (Gration) Goodman

    May 12th, 2020

    Lorraine Carolyn (Gration) Goodman, 87, formerly of rural Cashton, passed away in the loving arms and spirit of her whole family while living at her daughter’s home in West Virginia.

    Alan G. Martalock

    April 28th, 2020

    Alan G. Martalock, 85, of Ontario passed away peacefully April 25, 2020, at his home with his loving wife of 60 years by his side. He was born Aug. 9, 1934, to Lude and Margaret (Ferries) Martalock.

  • Michael D. Downing

    April 21st, 2020

    Michael D. Downing, 61, of Ontario, passed away peacefully Monday, April 13, 2020, at his home.

    Duane “Speed” Evans

    April 6th, 2020

    Duane “Speed” Evans died early A.M. April 5, 2020, and joins his wife Joy and son Greg in the Kingdom of Heaven.

    Von Taylor

    April 3rd, 2020

    Von Taylor, 84, of Ontario passed away peacefully Monday, March 30, 2020, at his home in Ontario

    Edward B. Laznicka

    March 25th, 2020

    Edward B. Laznicka, 76, of Ontario died Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at the Serenity House.

    Arlene M. Ferries

    March 23rd, 2020

    Arlene M. Ferries, 91, of rural Ontario passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hillsboro, Wis.

    Grace E. Ziems

    March 18th, 2020

    Grace E. Ziems, 90, of Elroy passed away Monday, March 16, 2020, at Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hillsboro.

  • Archives