MOUNT VERNON — Rudy K. Garver, 96, of Mount Vernon, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at the Laurels of Mount Vernon. He was born Oct. 12, 1921, in Holmes County, the son of Charles and Laura (Shy) Garver.

Upon graduating from high school, Rudy served in the United States Army stationed in Italy during World War II. He returned home in 1945 and purchased a dairy farm in North Liberty with his wife, Ethel (Squires) Garver. In 1961, with the opportunity to purchase a bigger dairy farm, Rudy packed up the family and moved to Ridge Road outside Fredericktown. In 1964, a gas well fire destroyed the farm land and Rudy decided to move to Florida. For many years in the Boynton Beach area he worked at several local golf courses on the day-to-day outside activities.

Rudy liked to dance and eat. He always enjoyed a little Vernors ginger ale with trail bologna, cheese and crackers.

Rudy is survived by his two daughters, Marilyn (Dick) Ewers of Fredericktown and Shirley A. Snyder of Mount Vernon; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents; he was preceded in death by two sons, Donald Garver and Ronald Garver; six brothers, Dean Garver, Lloyd Garver, Harley Garver, Earl Garver, Dewey Garver and Wilmer “Bill” Garver; and three sisters, Pearl Hoops, Jessie Greenwald and Delpha Roby.

The family will observe a graveside service in Bunker Hill Cemetery at a later date. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Rudy K. Garver.

Memorial contributions in Rudy’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at

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