James K. Garber (1926-2009)
James K. Garber, 83, of North Manchester, Indiana, died at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday,
June 9, 2009 at Timbercrest Healthcare. He was born May 1, 1926 in Elkhart,
Indiana to Samuel H. and Florence (Kulp) Garber.
Jim married Helen Anne Winger on December 28, 1947 at Cart Creek Church of the Brethren. He was a 1944 graduate of Elkhart Central High School, a 1950 graduate of Manchester College, where he received a B.A. in Business and Education, and in 1962 he earned his M.B.A. from Indiana University in Bloomington. In 1950, Jim worked at Garbers Incorporated, the family business, in Elkhart.
he was Executive for Human Resources with the Church of the Brethren in Elgin,
Illinois, returning to Manchester College in 1987. He was Director of
Development at Manchester College 30 years, retiring in 1994 to direct community
fund raising projects, including the Manchester Community Pool, the Library, and
the Sports Complex. Jim was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren,
where he served on the Board as Chairman and Moderator. He served on the Board
of Directors of Timbercrest, North Manchester Library, where he served two terms
as President, and the Shepherd's Center. Jim was a member and Past President of
the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and was named the Distinguished
Citizen of the Year in 1997-1998. He did Civilian Public Service during World
He is survived by his wife, Helen Anne Garber of North Manchester; four children, Gloria Jan Garber of Rockville, Maryland, Timothy James (Deborah Nelson) Garber of Elgin, Christopher Wayne (Kathy) Garber and Julie Lynne Garber, both of North Manchester; four grandchildren, Samuel J. Nelson-Garber of St. Paul, Minnesota, Ezra J. Nelson-Garber of Elgin, Joel C. (Erica) Garber and Joshua L. Garber, both of North Manchester; two great-grandchildren, Emma Rose Garber and Jace Christopher Garber, both of North Manchester. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Kathryn Segal.
Memorial Services will be held at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley, North Manchester on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Kurt Borgmann officiating. Family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester.
Preferred memorials are to Manchester College Peace Studies.