Gary L. Sriver, 79, Akron, passed away Nov. 5, 2017.

He was born in Rochester Jan. 23, 1938, to Claudia (Rhodes) and Orville Sriver.

He shared his childhood with younger brother Randy. He and his wife Tamara shared a lifelong friendship with Randy and his wife Judy. While He was fond of all of his uncles, he shared a special relationship with Bob Rhodes. He married his high school sweetheart Tamara L. Hand of Akron, Feb. 22, 1957. Lamoin Hand, Tammy’s father, was considered a mentor and friend throughout Mr. Sriver’s life. The Srivers celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in February of 2017.

He was an outstanding baseball and track star and a superb basketball player for the Akron Flyers, led by Indiana Hall of Fame Coach Phil McCarter. After graduation, He earned a bachelor’s degree from Manchester College and master’s degree at Indiana University in Bloomington. In 1961, he accepted a teaching position at Noblesville Community Schools, where he taught middle school and high school social studies from 1961-1972. In addition, he coached freshman football, basketball, and varsity track. In 1966, varsity coach Jim Belden recruited him to coach freshman football in hopes of building the program. One of the players on Mr. Sriver’s team was country singer Steve Wariner.

In 1972, he left teaching and moved back to Rochester and eventually to Akron, spending the rest of his career selling educational film, video, and books for McGraw Hill, Simon and Shuster, Disney, and other companies. He continued doing this until his death. He also supplemented his income during many summers painting houses; first in Noblesville leading a crew consisting of fellow teachers, and later in Rochester with his oldest son and his friend, Brian Jennings. In 1992, he was elected to represent District 2 on the Fulton County Council, serving as President for many of those years. His proudest accomplishment was the county park system that he initiated and passed by the Council. He also served as the voice for the Rochester Zebras football and basketball teams on WROI for the majority of the 1980s.

He was an avid reader and loved suspense fiction along with non-fiction American History books. He also loved sports, and was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and NCAA basketball. However, his biggest passion involved outdoor activities. He kept a large garden every year beginning in the late 1950s until his death and delighted in open-air work, including mowing, chopping wood, or diving his tractor.

He was most proud of his children and grandchildren, including oldest son, Shawn Sriver (Tanya) of Fishers; oldest daughter Letitia Leininger (William) of Akron and their children Darby and Liam; youngest son Joshua Sriver (Christina) of Akron and their children, Ashton, Grayson, and twins Carly and Lily; and youngest daughter Natasha Maser (Scott) of Fort Wayne and their children Colin and Elianna. He relished spending time with all his children and grandchildren. 

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Grace United Methodist Church 201 W. 7th St. Rochester, with visitation scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to the time of the service. The Rev. Kerry O’Brien will officiate

Visitation is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. at Hartzler Funeral Home 305 West Rochester St., Akron.

Memorial Contributions may be made to or the Grace United Methodist Church.

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