Guy William and Marian (Trotter) Garten, Barber County, Kansas Barber County, Kansas.  

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Guy William and Marian (Trotter) Garten

Guy William and Marian (Trotter) Garten, about 1936. 

Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
Guy William and Marian (Trotter) Garten, about 1936.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.

Four generations of the Garten family:

Left to right: Dale Garten, Guy Garten, Bud Garten and John Henry Garten.

Courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
Four generations of the Garten family:
Left to right: Dale Guy Garten, Guy William Garten, Spice H. "Bud" Garten and John Henry Garten.
Courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.

25th Wedding Anniversary of Guy William Garten and Marian (Trotter) Garten, Sun City, Barber County, Kansas, Sept. 1961.

Left to right: Bonnie, James, Leon, Vera and, directly behind Marian and Guy, Bobby Lee.

Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
25th Wedding Anniversary of Guy William Garten and Marian (Trotter) Garten
Left to right: Bonnie, James, Leon, Vera and, directly behind Marian & Guy, Bobby Lee.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer, daughter of Guy & Marian Garten..

 Guy William Garten and Marian (Trotter) Garten, circa 1966 - 1967, on their wedding anniversary at a park in Wichita, Kansas.

Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
Guy William Garten and Marian (Trotter) Garten
On their wedding anniversary at a park in Wichita, Kansas, circa 1966-1967.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer, daughter of Guy & Marian Garten..

Guy William Garten's fiddle, in the collection of James Garten.

Photo courtesy of James Garten and  Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
Guy William Garten's Fiddle
On display in the home of his son, James Garten.
Photo courtesy of James Garten & Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.


The Touch of the Master's Hand
by Kent Brown.

Whenever your life is out of tune
And no melody sooths your soul,
Look to the Master whose gentle touch
Will bless you and make you whole.

Like an old violin with so little worth
A life may be far less than grand,
But may be transformed in a moment you see,
By the touch of the Master's hand.


The Barber County Index, June 20, 1968.

GUY WILLIAM GARTEN

Guy William Garten, a lifetime Sun City area resident, died Thursday, June 13, 1968. Services were held June 15 at the Sun City Baptist Church, of which he was a member.

Survivors include his widow, Marian; four sons, Bob of Sun City, Glenn L. and Dale, both of Santa Ana, California, and James of Marlow, Oklahoma; two daughters, Mrs. Vera Wood of Lothlan, Maryland and Mrs. Bonnie Shaffer of Minneapolis, Minnesota; his mother, Mrs. Pearl Garten of Medicine Lodge; and a sister, Mrs. Carrie Travis of Cypress California.

Gravestone for Guy William Garten, Sunnyside Cemetery, Sun City, Barber County, Kansas.

Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
Gravestone for Guy William Garten
Dec. 17, 1901 - June 13, 1968
Sunnyside Cemetery, Sun City, Barber County, Kansas.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.


The Barber County Index, April 18, 1985.

MRS. GUY GARTEN

Marian A. Garten, 74, died April 12, 1985, at Amarillo, Tex. Born Marian A. Trotter September 25, 1910, at Medicine Lodge, she married Guy Garten September 20, 1936 at Alva, Okla. He died in 1968. She had been a resident of Sun City most of her life.

Survivors include sons, Bob of Wichita, Glenn of Ninnekah, Okla., James of Amarillo, Tex., Dale of Meade; daughters Vera Wood of Citrus Heights, Calif., Bonnie Shaffer of Amarillo, Tex.; brother Frank Trotter, Wichita; sisters Gladys Henson, Woodston; and 12 grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Sun City cemetery with the Rev. James Garten officiating.

Gravestone for Marian (Trotter) Garten, Sunnyside Cemetery, Sun City, Barber County, Kansas.

Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.
Gravestone for Marian (Trotter) Garten
Sept. 25, 1910 - Apr. 12, 1985
Sunnyside Cemetery, Sun City, Barber County, Kansas.
Photo courtesy of Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer.


Excerpt from an email to Kim Fowles
from Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer, 24 Sept 2005:

"I remember Lyle Bullock as our mail carrier. When we lived on the farm, us kids would go barefoot all summer long. We would take turns running down the driveway from our house to the road where our mailbox was. Anyway, I remember one summer day when we were arguing about whose turn it was to go get the mail. Mom (Marian Trotter Garten) finally said "I'll settle it. None of you are going. I'll go get the mail." It's a good thing she did! As she was walking down the driveway, she saw (and recognized) a big rattlesnake coiled in the middle of the road. She was able to get a fence post from the side of the road and kill the snake. It was 6' long! Had it been one of us kids, we would have run down the driveway, barefoot, and probably would have been bitten. Dad (Guy Garten) went hunting that evening and found and killed the snake's mate, and it was also 6' long.

Dad had bought Mom a set of steer horns that had a mirror in the middle, and she kept it up over the door between the living room and kitchen. One summer day I decided to help clean the house, so got up on a chair to dust the horns. Mom was in the kitchen. Anyway, I got up on the chair and started to dust the horns when I heard a rattle! I was off the chair and out the back door of the house and was half-way to the barn before Mom realized what had happened! Unknown to me, Dad dropped the rattles of every rattlesnake he killed, into one of the horns, so when I touched the horn, I thought I'd been "had" and my heart still pounds whenever I think of it! Of course Mom had a good laugh, but I didn't think it was very funny."


John Henry & Malinda L. (Rogers) Garten, grandparents of Guy William Garten.

Spice H. "Bud" & Pearl Lealure (McBride) Garten, parents of Guy William Garten.

Opal May Garten, sister of Guy W. Garten.

Roy John Garten, brother of Guy W. Garten.

Dale Guy Garten, son of Guy William Garten and his first wife, Ida Laura (Gregory) Garten.

James Garten, son of Guy William and Marian (Trotter)Garten.

Glenn Leon "Bear" Garten, son of Guy & Marian (Trotter) Garten.

Jack L. & Bonnie D. (Garten) Shaffer, Bonnie Shaffer is the daughter of Guy W. & Marian (Trotter) Garten.


Thanks to Bonnie (Garten) Shaffer for contributing the above images and memories to this web site!

Thanks to Shirley Brier for finding, transcribing and contributing the above obituaries to this web site!

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