CLAY CENTER, Kan. -- Kenneth Rex Garver, 85, died Tuesday (Nov. 6, 2007), at Country Place Senior Living in Clay Center, Kan.
He was born June 19, 1922, at Oberlin to James Franklin and Jessie (Wilson) Garver. He attended school in Oberlin and enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He went to underwater welding school during his enlistment with the Navy and served with search and rescue on the USS Grasp and USS Lexington.
After serving in the military, Rex worked with the Kansas Nebraska Natural Gas Company in Phillipsburg. He worked his way to management, a position he had until he retired after 42 years.
After retirement he moved to Bella Vista, Ark., and was a member of the Bella Vista Community Church. He was a 50-year member of the Elks and Masonic Lodge, and a past Master in the Masons and was a member of the Shriners. In 2006 he moved to Clay Center, Kan.
He married Nola Ridgeway in 1942. She preceded him in death on Jan. 25, 1996. He was also preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include two daughters, Meredith Schneider and husband, Lynn of Washington, Kan., and Leanne James of Naperville, Ill.; a sister, Peggy May of Atlanta, Ga.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A graveside memorial is scheduled for 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Oberlin City Cemetery in Oberlin.
Memorials can be made to the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer, and sent in care of the Ward Funeral Home, 115 w. 2nd St., Washington, KS 66968.
Ward Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.