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James “Jim” H. Garber, 74, of Lusby, formerly of Waynesburg, Pa., died Sept. 20, 2012, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born May 14, 1938, in Waynesburg, Pa., to the late James Jackson and Louisa Ruth (Phillips) Garber.

On April 18, 1955, he married Janice Calvert, who died Feb. 15, 2007.

He enlisted at the age of 17 and served in the U.S. Navy for more than 20 years. He was a gunner’s mate on naval destroyers and a Vietnam veteran. He retired in 1974 as a chief petty officer. After he served his country, he worked for a coal mine before moving to Maryland, where he eventually found his way back to the Navy working first at Cheltenham and then the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., as a federal police officer. One of his most memorable moments is being there on the day the executives came to meet and discuss the series NCIS, which remained one of his favorite shows. He was a member of the American Legion Post 274 in Lusby. He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge Patuxent, Maryland 2393 and formerly of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 461, of which he was a member since 1975. He was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Fleet Reserve. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and football and was a Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State fan.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Tyler Ray Garber; and sisters, Nancy Lee Gilbert of Waynesburg, Pa., and Louisa Jane Cumpson-Cohen.

He is survived by his children, Pam Thompson of Morgantown, W.Va., James Garber and his wife, Crystal, of Waynesburg, Pa., Denise Herrington and her husband, Keith, of Mt. Morris, Pa., Philip Garber and his wife, Melissa, of Lusby and Thomas Garber of Waynesburg, Pa.; grandchildren, Kerri and Billie Jo Thompson, Michael and Nick Garber, Tiffany, Brittany and Whittany Herrington, Savannah and Dale Garber and McKenzie and Jonathan Garber; great-grandchildren, Laney and Skylar; brothers, Charles and his wife, Rebecca Garber, of Waynesburg, Pa., and Buck and his wife, Peggy, of Lake Worth, Fla.; and his second family at the Patuxent Moose Lodge, especially Paula and her family, and Dr. Ahmed, Jessica and all of the nurses at the Calvert Memorial Hospital Infusion Center and Calvert Hospice.

A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors, where he will be placed alongside his wife.

A celebration of his life will follow at American Legion Post 274 in Lusby.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Arrangements were provided by Rausch Funeral Home in Lusby.