Obituary: Robert Gary McGarr, 78

Surrounded by family members, Robert Gary McGarr died peacefully at his home in Willows on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. He was born in Willows to Robert R. McGarr and Bernice A. Smith on Aug. 28, 1944.

His career as a construction estimator spanned 35 years and he was proud to have contributed to building projects for disadvantaged communities in South Dakota and New Mexico.

He was an avid volunteer that earned him the Lion of the Year award with the Lion’s Club.

Robert loved his family and his life. In addition to his family, Robert’s other great love was hunting and fishing, making people laugh, music, working in the yard with his wife Brigitta, and using his craftsmanship skills.

In retirement, he enjoyed working during the rice harvest and sketching landscapes.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Brigitta; his two loving children, Gary and Laurie; brothers Randy and Bill McGarr; sisters Marian Cauwell, Martha McGarr and Marilyn Clark; grandchildren Mason and Dylan; great-grandchildren Tucker and Tatum; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert R McGarr and Bernice A. Smith; brothers Dave and Clark McGarr; and sister Margaret Hill.

A celebration of life is planned to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association.