In Memory of Director Dennis Garbers

The Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum was saddened with the news that museum director and volunteer Dennis “Garb” Garbers passed away March 31st.

Denny was a tremendous volunteer and an even better person. Many of the racing displays in our museum were coordinated and created by him. He put his heart and soul into this place and for that we are forever grateful.

Rest in peace and race in peace, Denny.

Denny’s obituary is posted below and at

Life Legacy

Dennis Lee Garbers “Garb”, age 64 of Fairmont, MN passed away peacefully on March 31, 2018 at his home. A Celebration of Life honoring Dennis’ life will take place at a later date. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dennis was born in Fairmont, MN on March 6, 1954 to Dale and Phyllis (Childs) Garbers. He graduated from East Chain High School in 1972.

Dennis married Melodie Johnson on February 12, 1977 and they recently celebrated 41 years together.

Dennis farmed with his dad. He was an avid Toy Farm Collector and in 1990 won the National Farm Toy Display in Dyersville, IA which he built from scratch. Dennis was involved in the Borderline Cruisers Car Club and an active member of the Kossuth County Ag & Motor Sports Museum in Algona, IA. Dennis had a passion for Chevy Nova cars and car racing. He also enjoyed shaking dice, playing cards and dominos. In 2017, Dennis was inducted in the Hall of Fame for the Fairmont Speedway with his dad Dale which was a special honor for him.

Survived by his wife, Melodie; daughter Jeanne (Andrew) Garbers-Walden; grandchildren Hank and baby due in April; sister Cheryl (Jon) Rowan; Nate, Jared & Josh; father-in-law Leonard Johnson; aunts Arla Childs & Adeline Hartmann, brother & sister-in-laws and their families; Dennis & Sharon Johnson, Corey & Tricia, Karen & Cory Brown; Wayne “Skeeter” & Rita Johnson, Laurie & Tony Glade, Leah Noble; Mary & Mark Lenort, Courtney & Nicole; Deb & Darren Scruggs, Matt & Allissa, Tom & Jim Traetow, Detrik & Evan Scruggs; Chuck Johnson & Thom Peterson; Susan & Wayne Wiederhoeft, Aaron and Tyler; also by other loving family and many friends.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents Dale & Phyllis Garbers, mother-in-law Marilyn Johnson, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other special family and friends.

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