John D. Garber
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80, of Sugarcreek died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Community Hospice House at New Philadelphia following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 28, 1933 in Holmes County to the late Daniel and Elizabeth (Zook) Garber. He completed his 1-W service at University Hospital in Cleveland, retired after 36 years with Belden Brick in Sugarcreek where he was foreman and following his retirement he was a taxi driver for the Amish. He was a member of the Shanesville Fire Dept. and the Sugarcreek Fire Dept. for 40 years retiring in 1997. He served the department as Captain for many years and was named Firefighter of the Year in 1997. He was a member of New Pointe Community Church. For many years he serviced TV's (1960's-70's-80's) and the first TV he and Ada had was put together by John. He bowled for many years at Sugarcreek Lanes, enjoyed golfing, going to Colorado and fishing, traveling to Florida and Myrtle Beach, S.C., doing crossword puzzles and he enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians.
He is survived by his wife the former Ada Keim, whom he married April 4, 1956, his children Carla (Lonnie) Hershberger and Gary (Linda) Garber both of Sugarcreek, Robert (Mary) Garber and Douglas Garber both of Steamboat Springs, Colo., sisters Fannie Garber and Esther Kandel both of Dundee, sister-in-law Marie Garber of Millersburg, special neighbor and friend Don Shimp, grandchildren Andy (Christina) Garber of Portland, Ore., Cory Hershberger of Lexington, Ky. and Jada Garber of Boulder, Colo. and great granddaughter Sunny Evangeline Garber of Portland, Ore. all whom he enjoyed very much. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother Amos Garber.
Services will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 11a.m. at NewPointe Community Church at Dover with Pastor Dwight Mason officiating. Burial will follow in Union Hill Cemetery at Sugarcreek. Friends may call on Thursday (Tonight) 5-8 p.m. at NewPointe Community Church where Firefighter Memorial Services will be held at 8p.m. Arrangements are being handled by Smith-Varns Funeral Home at Sugarcreek. Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County 716 Commercial Ave. SW New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 or NewPointe Community Church 3950 SR 39 NW Dover, Ohio 44622. For those unable to attend please visit the funeral home's website to share a memory and sign the guest register.
Smith-Varns Funeral Home
115 Andreas Dr
Sugarcreek, OH 44681
Published in The Times Reporter on Mar. 27, 2014