Rudy K. Garver

October 12, 1921 ‒ October 02, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Rudy K. Garver, age 96, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at the Laurels of Mount Vernon. He was born on October 12, 1921 in Holmes County, Ohio 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, Ohio.  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 fourteen 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, 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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  • Marilyn and Shirley sorry for your loss. Rudy was a hard worker all his life and loved to be in the outdoors and sunshine. He was a unique individual and will be remembered by all who knew him. Be sure to share his stories and keep his memory alive for the younger generation. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Dennis Snyder

  • Shirley and Wes:
    Sorry for the loss of our Father and Grandfather. Thoughts and prayers.

    Vickie, Roger

  • Dear Dick, Marilyn, Shirley and family,
    Sorry for the loss of your father. May the Lord and your memories comfort you .

  • Shirley, Wes & Stacy and boys,

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Let him live forever in your memories. You have my sympathize.


  • Shirley, Wes & Stacy and boys,

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Let him live forever in your memories. You have my sympathies.


  • We’re very sorry to hear of the loss of my great uncle Rudy. I had always admired him as someone who truly embraced life and lived it to the fullest. His lust for life should be an example to us all.

    Kevan and Pat Curren