Keith Garber (1933 - 2011)

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Keith A. Garber M.D.


Keith Alan Garber, son of Chester Christopher and Mable Ione (Chambers) Garber was born February 6, 1933 and passed away at Wayne County Hospital in Corydon on June 24, 2011.

After his graduation from Randolph Consolidated High School, Keith continued his education at University of Nebraska (class of 1954) and the University of Iowa College of Medicine (class of 1958), and then served in the U. S. Navy, 1959 to 1961.

Keith married Ann Risk on July 11, 1959. Four children, Valerie, Andrew, Jennifer, and Matthew were born to this union.

Keith was devoted to Wayne County, where he practiced medicine from 1961 to 2007 and was involved in many community activities. He was a member of the American Medical Association, Iowa Medical Society, and the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians. He was the Medical Director of Hospice of Central Iowa 1997 to 2007.

"Doc" served as the president of the Iowa Academy of Physicians, 1976 to 1977. He was given honorable mention as the "Doctor of the Year" by Good Housekeeping magazine in 1977. He was given the "Lifetime Achievement" award by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians in 2005. In 2010, the Emergency Services Department of Wayne County Hospital was named the "Keith A. Garber, M.D. Emergency Services." Also in 2010, he was named "Iowa Hospital Hero" by the Iowa Hospital Association.

His parents and sister Shirley Joan (Garber) Flood preceded him in death.

Those left to honor his memory are his wife Ann, children and other beloved family members.

Memorials in honor of Dr. Keith A. Garber may be given to Hospice of Central Iowa, Allerton United Presbyterian Church or the Wayne County Hospital. Condolences and memories can be sent to:

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2011, at the Allerton United Presbyterian Church with burial at the Corydon Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Randolph Funeral Home in Corydon Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Celebration of Life Reception will follow the interment at Walden Park Club House in Corydon.

Published in Des Moines Register on June 29, 2011
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