Gary L Garver

September 10, 1942January 6, 2014

Gary L. Garver born 10 September 1942 in St Louis, MO passed away on 6 January 2014.

Gary went to Qulin High School in Qulin, MO and joined the Air Force in Oct 1960. He was stationed at Eglin AFB, Davis Monthan AFB, Bremerhaven Germany and Darmstadt Germany where he met his future bride. Gary was honorably discharged in December of 1967.

After the Air Force he moved to Cape Girardeau, MO where he managed a LUM’S Restaurant.

In late 1969 he went to work for GMAC in St Louis, MO.

In 1976 he began a new career with the US Postal Service, working his way up from Clerk to Postmaster. He retired in 1999 as Postmaster of Palmyra, MO.

As Gary was never one to sit idle, he decided to get a part-time job with the Hannibal Public School system as a bus driver – Gary enjoyed his summers off just like everyone else, spending nearly all his time boating on the Mississippi River.

In 2002, Gary moved back to St Louis and continued driving a bus for the Fort Zumwalt School district and retired from there in 2012.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge, NAPUS and became an honorary member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon national fraternity in the fall of 1994.

Gary was always full of life, always had a joke to tell and would talk to anyone. He was bighearted and loved by everyone who knew him. He will be missed by all.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Helga, St. Charles, 3 children, Becci (Tim) Liberty, MO., Gina ( J. R.), Millersburg, MO. Jared (Chelly) Liberty, Mo. , 5 grandchildren, Trae, Kendalyn, Brennan, Rylee and, Kyla, 2 sisters Barb & Virginia, 1 brother, Rick, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Nova Garver.

Visitation services will be Friday, January 10, 2014 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The funeral service will follow at 1:30 pm with burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at 2:30 pm with full military honors.


  • Visitation Friday, January 10, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 10, 2014

Gary L Garver

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted


January 22, 2014

Dear Helga, Becki, Jena and Jerrod
Please know that Carl, Lou and Amy have you all in our prayers for peace and comfort. Gary was a great man and really loved life with his family and friends. We always enjoyed coming to some of your parties, Helga you were amazing at getting things ready.
We understand what you will be going through, may God give you strength and peace.
I have been on line for 2 days tring to find your address to send a sympathy card, couldn't find the address, but did find this guest book and wanted to let you know we care.

Carl,Lou and Amy

Pam Tisher

January 21, 2014

I have so many wonderful memories of my teenage years and most of them include this wonderful man and his family. I was fortunate enough to make a life long friend when trying out for the freshman volleyball team her name was Becci Garver, little did I know that I would share many adventures with not only her but her family as well. My first trip ever to a lake was with Gary and Becci and I remember it like it was yesterday! I am so blessed to have had such a wonderful example of family, love, and inspiration. God speed Mr. Garver.

Kim & Manny Ochoa

January 15, 2014

Aunt Helga & Family--We are so sorry to hear the news about Uncle Gary. Words can not express the heartache we feel for your family. He was such a funny and caring guy! I would get a kick out of listening to him and Grandma tell stories together. Our deepest condolences to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will be thinking of you and the rest of the family. Sending you lots of love.

Tisha Huffer

January 15, 2014

To all of you I am so sorry for your loss, the handful of times I was around your father and family were always fun times filled with laughter! I especially enjoyed helping Gina and Becci create the scrapbook for your Mom and Dad's 40th Wedding Anniversary, that walk thru your Dad's life with pictures and stories truely told the great man your father was! I hope that scrapbook can help you reminisce about him many years to come. God Bless

Patrice Dollar

January 13, 2014

The St. Louis Center staff would like to extend our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God keep you strong during this difficult time

Angel Wilson

January 10, 2014

Helga, Im so sorry to hear about Gary. I will miss his smiles and his jokes. He always could make us smile and laugh. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Jill and Shelly Scheiblhofer

January 10, 2014

Helge, Becci, Gina, and Jared, Gary was a gift to us in this life, loyal, charismatic, dedicated and a fun fella to be around. He was a great story teller and always wanted to tell someone the newest joke he had heard. Being neighbors to you made him a father figure to all of the Scheiblhofer crew. We loved all your family growing up except for that scary mean dog Major--- he was brutal and a tormentor of tittle girls!!!
We will always cherish the memories of your family and ours on Old Sugar Creek. We love you, The Scheiblhofers,

Sonja Führer

January 10, 2014

Liebe Helga und Familie,

es macht uns sehr traurig von Eurem Verlust zu hören. Wir senden Euch Kraft und Liebe für diese schwierige Zeit.
Denkt bitte immer an die wunderschöne Zeit mit Euren Ehemann, Vater und Großvater!

In Liebe

Sonja und Thorsten

Ted and Ange Petry

January 10, 2014

Helga Gary will be missed. So sorry for your loss! May God comfort you family in this time of sorrow!

January 10, 2014

We are very sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.We will miss seeing Gary at the casino.
Phil and Brenda Gress Hardin,Il