If you enjoyed the fifth grade as a Crown Point student, chances are that Richard Garretson was your teacher.
"He was a favorite among the students," said his daughter, Beth Dawa.
"Mr. G" taught at Lake Street and Eisenhower elementary schools for 38 years.
Richard "Dick" Garretson, 67, of Crown Point, died Aug. 10.
After his retirement, Garretson loved meeting with other retired Crown Point teachers every Friday for drinks. He also loved breakfast every morning at Schoop's.
"He would always go by himself as a daily ritual," Dawa said. "He was social and could talk to anybody."
Garretson's neighbors are very close and watch out for each other, Dawa said. This led to lots of "stooping," or sitting on the front steps and enjoying conversations with them.
"He was known for his burgers," Dawa said, noting that her dad was a master with his Weber.
His signature food was known to the neighbors as "Dick Burgers," Dawa fondly recalled.
For many years, the family had no garage, Dawa said, before they finally built one.
"He just hung out there" and called it his man cave, Dawa said.
He equipped it with a refrigerator, table, chairs and plenty of music CDs.
"He liked to sing," his daughter said. While he was not an accomplished singer, he loved to croon out the songs that he loved.
Dawa said her father met their mother, Marti, when both were in college, so they spent most of their lives together, including 44 years of marriage.
Garretson was a very special dad to Dawa and her brother, Chris.
"He was always supportive, affectionate — and hugged us often," she said with love.