Feb. 12, 1942 – April 26, 2019

Bill D. Garver, 77, Argos, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Feb. 12, 1942, in his family home in Marshall, Ill., to Emil and Florence (Miller) Garver, one of 11 children.

Bill married Linda Green on July 25, 1964, at Clarksville Baptist Church, Marshall, Ill. Into this marital union, three boys were born. They settled in Culver until 1996; after seeing their sons off to college and their sons’ own marriages, they retired in Argos.

Bill was a biology teacher for Aubbeenaubbee and Culver Community Schools until his retirement in 1997. He had a master’s degree in education and a constant sense of humor he used to connect with his students. Bill was the master of dad jokes and enjoyed being a jokester. He sometimes brought home his live science class projects consisting of hamsters, snakes or other animals that needed a home. He was always teaching and even taught driver’s ed. This added some very good anecdotes to his dad jokes.

Bill was the coach for the cross-country, basketball and track teams and lent a hand with the golf teams. He especially loved his longtime commitment of announcing baseball games for Culver and training his sons to keep the score books for the basketball teams.

Bill was an all-state honorable mention all-Valley football tackle, playing for the Marshall Lions. He enjoyed his later years playing golf and bowling with close friends. Always an active person, he traveled to all 50 states with his wife, Linda. He enjoyed train travel, tinkering with cars and finding the Garver Family shortcut. Bill was a very creative and educated thinker.

The best part of Bill was that he was a very kind and thoughtful person, always putting others first. He sought to provide for others and his future generations in thoughtful ways.

Throughout his life, he was spiritual. Amongst the churches he attended were the Culver Bible Church, Burr Oak Church of God and the Walnut Church of the Brethren of Argos.

Left to cherish the memories of Bill are his wife of almost 55 years, Linda Garver, Argos; his three sons, Matt (Dawn) Garver, Plymouth, John (Gretchen) Garver, Castle Rock, Colo., and Chris (Shawna) Garver, Vienna, Va.; his siblings, John (LuAnn) Garver, Rockford, Ill., Betty Jane Spesard, Paris, Ill., and Donald Garver, Clinton; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Harry Garver, Mary Robinson, Marthell Mercer, Elizabeth Knight, Katherine Carpenter, Imojenan McCarty and Dorothy Hulfacher; and one grandchild.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations in Bill’s name be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org as the family enjoyed annual walks for the group.

A memorial service will be on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 4 p.m., with a visitation starting at 2 p.m. until the hour of the service, at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family via www.johnsondanielson.com.