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     Norman D. Garber, age 68, of Cocoa, Florida, a former long-time Barton County resident, passed away Saturday, December 11, 2010 at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Springfield.

      Norman was born January 14, 1942 in rural Montevallo, Missouri, to Otis and Violet (Brasher) Garber.  He graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in 1959 and worked on a survey crew for the Missouri Highway Department while attending Rolla School of Mines and Metallurgy.  Norman then worked for the F.B.I. in St. Louis and Kansas City for eight years.  In 1973 he moved to Barton County where he farmed and worked as a rural mail carrier in Sheldon and Jerico Springs for 23 years.  He retired in 2003 and moved to Cocoa, Florida in 2006.

      As a young adult, Norman trusted in Jesus as his savior and was a faithful follower all his life.  He served as an elder at Milford Christian Church where he attended for 20 years and had been a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Lamar for 13 years.  Most recently, Norman attended Liberty Baptist Church while in Missouri and the Cocoa Calvary Baptist Church while in Florida.  His life portrayed his devotion to his God, his wife, Dotti, and all of his family. Always active in his community, he was the former director of the Sheldon Farmland Coop Board and had served as a Trustee on the Milford Township Road Board. 

      On August 11, 1962, at Lamar, Missouri, Norman married Dorthy “Dotti” Mayse, and she survives, of the home.  Also surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Fanny Garber, Aurora, Colorado; a brother, Don Garber, Milo, Missouri; a sister Betty June Murrah, Cocoa, Florida; and two grandchildren, Tessakiree Yvette Garber and Marston Andry Garber, Aurora, Colorado.  Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Otis & Violet; and a son, Gregory Alan Garber.

      Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 20th at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. Sunday.  Burial will be in Morehead Cemetery east of Lamar.

      Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lamar Liberty Baptist Church Benevolence Fund or the Cocoa, Florida Calvary Baptist Benevolence Fund in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

      Condolences sent at


#30 Smithville, MOChristine McCurdy 2011-04-04 17:07
Dotti, Jeff and Fanny;
I just found out about Norman today. Was thinking about you all and a web search brought up this site. Sending you all positive thoughts. Hope you are doing better.
#29 waterford mi.gerry and sue lilly 2010-12-26 10:34
we were so sorry to learn of normans passing, wish we were there to give you a hug.
#28 Tulsa, OklahomeMary Lou Garrison 2010-12-21 18:51
Dotti, I am so sorry for your loss of my cousin, Norman. He was a good man, and you could see the Lord in him. It was so good seeing you, but sad it had to be under these circumstances. I could see the Lord in you as well, and am so glad you have Him in your life. You are a very courageous lady. May the Lord richly bless you. You deserve all the blessings you can handle. Love you! Mary Lou
#27 GaWhitney 2010-12-20 18:21
Garber family, I send my condolences to you. May you receive much comfort and support in the days ahead and turn to God for the best comfort, Isaiah 25:8 "He will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces"
#26 Lamar.J. D. Pahlow 2010-12-20 09:45
Dear Dottie & Jeff.
Please accept my sincere sympathy, and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you both as you live this experience.
Just doesn't seem all that long ago that a certain 1954 chevy showed up in town, and visited the J.O. Mayse residence. He kept coming back until he had his prize, and I'm not talking about Martha's blue ribbon pickles.
Sorry, I won't be able to attend, and may God bless and be with you both. JD
#25 Santa Cruz, CaliforniaBryce Hammond 2010-12-19 23:08
Jeff and Family,

I just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts.
#24 Jerico Springs, MIssouriAllene & Roger Reynolds 2010-12-19 16:28
We were so sorry to hear of Norman's death. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sheila, our daughter, asked me to extend sympathy also. We have fond memories of you both.

Allene & Roger Reynolds
#23 Lamar, MO.Connie and Martin Weber 2010-12-19 09:38
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Norman touched the lives of many people. He was admired,respected and loved. He will be missed but he will remain in the memories of us all.
#22 Granada Hills, CAChris & Vonnie Orozco 2010-12-17 23:32

We were so sorry to hear of Norm's passing, and we share in your sorrow, but we also share in your rejoicing in that Norm is not only not suffering any longer, but now Jesus, his Savior, who he knew by faith, he now knows by sight.

We remember with great fondness the times we were together in Lamar and when you came to visit us here in Los Angeles and especially our trip to Santa Barbara. Even though it was a cool cloudy day we managed to make it onto the beach so you and Norm could put your feet in the Pacific from a California beach. We always enjoyed our times with you both and I enjoyed my visit to your farm. Those were great and precious times when we were able to share in the joys and griefs of each other's lives.

We will pray that the funeral on Monday will truly reflect the faith and love Norm had for the Lord and that even at his funeral, Norm's life and testimony will be used by the Lord to bless those who know Him and to reach those He is calling with the gospel.

May the Lord bless you, Dotti, and comfort you with His all sufficient grace.
Chris & Vonnie Orozco
#21 Kansas City, MissouriCaroline M Weber 2010-12-17 12:20
My sister-in-law (Connie Weber) just called at gave me the sad news of the passing of Norman. Please know my sorrow for your lass and that you are in my prayers. May the special things about your loved one live on inside your heart forever. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Caroline M Weber

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