TORRINGTON – Funeral services for Garth James Burriss, 81, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 at Eastgate Baptist Church with Pastor Tim Sparks officiating. Burial will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. Garth went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Aug. 27, 2021 at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Memorials may be made to Eastgate Baptist Church. Visitation will be at the church prior to the service. Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to www.colyerfuneralhome.com.
Garth was born March 6, 1940 to Wilbur Charles and Flora Maye (Eyers) Burriss in Grand Junction, Colorado. He was an only child but spent a lot of time in the company of two girl cousins, Mary and Marilyn, who were about the same age. He began school in Iowa, later moving to Gering, Nebraska in junior high and then to Torrington, where he graduated high school in 1958. He joined the Wyoming Air National Guard right after high school, serving six years. He also worked for the Guard in Cheyenne for three to four more years. Garth married Esther Darlene Hartung on April 9, 1961 at the First Baptist Church in Torrington. They have resided in Torrington for most of their sixty years of marriage. They were blessed with one granddaughter, Rachel Whitfield Adler, in 1990. Garth worked most of his life in the automotive profession as a parts manager, service manager and salesman for several dealerships and parts stores in the Wyoming-Nebraska area.
Garth is survived by his wife, Darlene of Torrington; daughter Stacy Lynnette Berres of Cheyenne; daughter Stephanie Dawn Whitfield (Daniel Schaaf) of Estes Park, Colorado and granddaughter Rachel (Brian) Adler of Westminster, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents Wilbur and Flora Burriss; his in-laws Herman and Rachel Hartung; a brother-in-law Ron Nab and a sister-in-law Carol Hartung Blevins.