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Garford Joshua "Gar" Showalter1,2

Male
b. 16 July 1920, d. 12 May 2003


Family Mary Alice Firestone b. 1 February 1926 or 12 February 1926, d. June 1986
Marriage* 9 August 1962  Principal=Mary Alice Firestone1,4 
Child  1. Holli L. Showalter b. c 1949

Note*   Gar is the son of Ira and Lottie Showalter.

After the death of Mary in 1986, Gar married Clara Goebel in 1992.1 
Birth* 16 July 1920  Hudson, Steuben Co., IN1,3 
Marriage* 9 August 1962  Principal=Mary Alice Firestone1,4 
SSN* 12 May 2003  Garford J SHOWALTER
Birth Date: 16 Jul 1920
Death Date: 12 May 2003
Social Security Number: 310-12-5465
State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: Indiana
Death Residence Localities
ZIP Code: 49036
Localities: Coldwater, Branch, Michigan
Death Benefit Localities
Zip Code: 49036
Localities: Coldwater, Branch, Michigan3 
Death* 12 May 2003  Ovid Twp., Branch Co., MI1,3 
News/Obit* 13 May 2003  COLDWATER - Garford "Gar" J. Showalter , 82, of Coldwater died Monday, May 12, 2003 in Ovid Township, Branch County.

Gar was born July 16, 1920 in Hudson, Ind. to Ira and Lottie Showalter .

Mr. Showalter owned and operated his own steel hauling business until his retirement in 1986. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army.

He graduated from Fremont High School in 1941 and joined the U.S. Army where he was awarded two Purple Hearts, being wounded during combat. Returning from service, he moved to Branch County to begin his career in the trucking business. He was a member of the Coldwater Elks #4361; Coldwater Eagles #1907; Life Member of VFW #5319 of Athens; Life Member of AmVet #1988 of Baldwin; Life Member of American Legion Post #257 of Fremont, Ind.; Moose Lodge #2387 of Fremont and the DAV Member of Ens. Robison Chap #15 of Michigan.

He married Mary Firestone, who died in 1986, and was then married to Clara Goebel in 1992.

Survivors include his wife Clara; a daughter Holli Showalter of Moses Lake, Wash.; step-daughter Sharon Link of Coldwater; step-sons Robert Goebel of Coldwater; Gary McGlugan of Quincy and K.C. McClugan of Hillsdale; nine grandchildren; one great granddaughter; a sister Joyce Southworth of Quincy and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater, followed by Military Honors at 8 p.m. Following cremation, burial will be held at Lester Cemetery in Algansee Township.

Memorials may be directed to the American Legion Post #52 Nursing Scholarship Fund or the Moose Heart Fund.

Please visit www.dutcherfh.com to leave a message of condolence in the family's online guestbook.

Published in the Coldwater Daily Reporter (MI) - Tuesday, May 13, 20031 
Burial* after 13 May 2003  Lester Cemetery, Algansee Twp., Branch Co., MI, Inscription: Showalter
Mary A.
1926 - 1986
Married
Aug. 9, 1962
Garford J.
1920 - 20031,4

Citations
  1. [S323] News Bank.
  2. [S458] People Finders.Com, online http://www.peoplefinders.com.
  3. [S129] SSDI Death Index,.
  4. [S958] Family Records of Eileen Alwood.


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