Dr. Jan L. Garber, 73, of Groveland, Florida, died July 14, 2013, in his home. He was the son of Maxine Somers-Brown and Charles Garber. His love for his country was displayed through 16 years of active duty in the United States Air Force where he was a Staff Sergeant serving as an air traffic controller. He retired after an injury effective May of 1973.
Dr. Garber graduated from Hillsdale College in Michigan with a B.A. in Sociology & Psychology. He received his Theological training from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky, Trinity Theological Seminary and Christian Bible College in Pennsylvania through which he received his Master of Theology and Ph.D. degrees. Dr. Garber also received his Doctorate of Theology through Vision Christian Bible College & Seminary. Dr. Garber was in pastoral ministry for 36 years, holding pastorates in Oklahoma, Kansas, Kentucky, and Ohio.
He was the President of Vision Christian Bible College & Seminary. He also served as president of both the Northwest Ohio Ministerial Alliance and the Montpelier, OH Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Garber is survived by his loving wife, Caroline, children, Jan L. Jr. (Barbara) of Leesburg, Fl, Clinton (Margaret) of Greenwich, Ohio, and Timothy (Tricia) of Graham, Washington, Bethany (Scott) Palmer of Searcy, Arkansas, Bradley (Katrina) King of Sarasota, Florida, Jason (Tabitha) of Temple, Georgia; 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death was his first wife Marlene Garber, and Bobbie Lynn Shafer, daughter of Jan and Marlene. Memorials are requested to Vision Christian Bible College & Seminary in lieu of flowers.”