Dennis Garbers – Volunteer

By Chad Meyer

A car guy and a racer at heart, Dennis “Garb” Garbers dedicated his life to automobiles and the sport he loved. Born March 6, 1954 in Fairmont, he graduated from East Chain High School in 1972. Dennis married Melodie Johnson in 1977 and together they volunteered countless hours to the Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame and the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum.

Dennis passed away peacefully on March 31, 2018, but not before leaving a lasting impact on multiple halls of fame and our museum. Garb created many racing-related displays inside our museum and spent many hours coordinating larger displays. He invested even more in promoting the museum to the many people he knew.

He was instrumental in the induction of multiple racing legends into the Jackson and Fairmont racing halls of fame. He was tireless supporter of making sure that Jim Edgington, Les Wildin and Daryl Arend received their due recognition at those tracks.

He was also an avid toy farm collector and in 1990 won the National Farm Toy Display in Dyersville, IA, a project he built from scratch. In addition to his passion for racing, he loved Chevy Nova automobiles. In 2017, he was inducted into the Fairmont Raceway Hall of Fame with his father, Dale, for his many years of working at the speedway and his efforts to preserve its history.

In addition to being a supporter and member of the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum, he proudly served on the board of directors. His passion and efforts will be greatly missed.