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Milton J. Garrett

Milton J. Garrett, 99, of Oberlin, and formerly of Peninsula, Ohio, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Kendal at Oberlin. He was born March 25, 1915, in Cleveland,

He was a graduate of East High School and received a Bachelor’s and law degrees from Western Reserve University. He began his practice as an attorney in Cleveland and in 1939 married Betty Jane Kornhauser.

During World War II, he worked at Cleveland Pneumatic Tool before starting his own manufacturing business, Highland Machine Company, which he headed for over 40 years. Highland made many products for the automobile aftermarket and on the basis of his management experience there, Milton took over several other companies that were failing and brought them back to profitability.

He was a member of many business organizations and played a leading role in COSE, which promoted the interests of small businesses in the Cleveland area. His management skills were also employed in community service, such as when he served as chairman of the United Way.

As a longtime resident of Peninsula, he was involved in that community as well, particularly in The Peninsula Players. He helped build their theater and appeared in and directed many productions over a period of 20 years.

He retired from business in 1987 and in 2000 became an active resident at Kendal, where he served on the board and directed many play readings.

Milton is survived by his wife, Jane Garrett; son, Peter (Lillian Hoddeson) Garrett of Urbana, Illionis; daughters, Wendy Pierson of New York, New York and Robin (Jim Lawson) Garrett of Marshallton, Pennslyvania; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Rosen of Phoenix, Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Jane (nee Kornhauser) in 1984; and a daughter, Liza Garrett Nollman in 1974.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Kendal at Oberlin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kendal at Oberlin Stephen’s Education Fund, 600 Kendal Dr., Oberlin, OH 44074.

Dicken Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elyria handled arrangements. For online condolences, visit

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