August Junior “Gus” Garver was born February 23, 1929 in Royal, Missouri to August F. Garver and Nora A. Fuhring Garver and passed on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at the age of 92 years, 3 months and 6 days.
August was a graduate of John F. Hodge High School in St. James, Missouri and was a proud Army Veteran and member of the local Korean Veterans Chapter as well as a member of St. James American Legion #607.
After military service, he worked as a mechanic prior to furthering his education. He received top honors at Central Christian (now Oklahoma Christian) and at Harding College (now University) prior to graduate studies at MO School of Mines (S&T), University of Arkansas and Michigan State.
As Professor Emeritus of Mathematics & Statistics, August enjoyed a career filled with distinction including numerous Outstanding Teacher awards, a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Mathematical Association of America and recognition by the National Association of Math Educators. He served as the Freshman and Transfer Student Advisor and developed the Trigonometry Review to properly place incoming students.
For 22 years August also played a key role in the Minority Engineering Program. Years after graduation, former students would often send notes of thanks for his encouragement. ;any accompanied with news articles of their successes or books they had written. He was listed in a 1996 Alumnus Magazine article among “Teachers who made a Difference.”
August loved his church family and was honored to serve as an Elder for many years for the Rolla Church of Christ where he had been a member since 1959.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Norma (Drewel) Garver; son-in-law, Terry Ward; daughter, Ruth Garver Ward; grandson, Seth Ponzer; brothers, Everett, Leo, Leslie and Delmar; and sisters, Celeste Newton and Berniece Drewel.
He is survived by his son, David Garver of Rolla, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at the Null & Son in Rolla, Missouri.
A Celebration of Life was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at the Rolla Church of Christ in Rolla, Missouri.
Interment with military honors followed at the Countryside Memorial Gardens in Canaan, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla, Missouri.