Carl Edward Garver, 87, near Libertytown, passed away Sunday, November 17, 2013, peacefully at his home, following a courageous battle with lung cancer. Born May 30, 1926, near Unionville, he was the son of the late Guy Grover Garver and Sadie Rippeon Garver. He was the husband of Grace L. Stup Garver, his wife of 62 years. |
As a boy Carl attended a two-room schoolhouse and worked on local farms. He later worked at Castle Farms Dairy, B.C. Grable's, Keamph and Harris, and Frederick Iron and Steel. He was in the 11th Airborne and served in the occupation of Japan during World War II. After he married he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a dairy farmer. He started out in the Walkersville area, then moved to the Artie Kemp farm, near Libertytown, later purchasing his own farm on Glissans Mill Road in 1963. He retired from dairying in 1986 and built a log home on the property adjacent to the farm. He continued to stay active on the farm until he was 86. Affectionately known as "Shotgun", he enjoyed mowing his lawn, tending his woodstove, making hay, tending to the heifers, taking spins around the neighborhood, going to the Charles Town Race Track, and always enjoyed time with his family.
He was formerly a director of Mt. Airy Southern States, as well as a member of Capitol Milk Producers and the Elks Club. He was a lifelong member of Locust Grove Church of the Brethren.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four children, Douglas Garver and wife Christine of Detour, Donald Garver and wife Sheryl of Mt. Airy, Dyke Garver and wife Mary of Union Bridge, DonnaLee Grossnickle and husband Donald of Myersville; 10 grandchildren, Jason Garver and wife Laura, Lindsey Garver Baldwin and husband Greg, Brandon Garver and Michelle Simms, Candace Pinto and husband Jose, Jesse and Carly Garver, and Lexi, Dane, Ellie, and Luke Grossnickle; two great-grandchildren, Lila Baldwin and Asher Pinto; one sister, Naomi Garver; and three sisters-in-law, Peg Hargett, Virginia McClain and husband Bernard, and Joyce Stup; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters, Hazel Young, Ruth Stitely and Catherine Glass; and brothers, Paul Garver, William Kimmel; and by two weeks, a brother, Guy Garver.
The family will receive friends at Hartzler Funeral Home, 11802 Liberty Road, Libertytown, on Wednesday, November 20 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, November 21 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Locust Grove Cemetery.
Published Online in www.fredericknewspost.com on Nov. 19, 2013