Gary J. Silver, 87, Scranton: Feb. 21, 1935 – March 23, 2022 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Gary J. Silver, 87, Scranton: Feb. 21, 1935 – March 23, 2022

SCRANTON, Kan. – Gary J. Silver, 87, Scranton, Kan., passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2022. He was born Feb. 21, 1935, during a blizzard on a farm north of Burlingame, Kan., to Clarence Silver and Eva (McPhail) Silver.

Gary graduated from Scranton High School with the class of 1952. Gary was a lifelong Scranton and Burlingame, Kan., area resident.

In 1956, Gary enlisted in the United States Navy, proudly serving his country for 30 years, then served in the Active Duty Navy for 20 years, and the Navy Reserves for 10 years, attaining the rank of senior chief engineman. Gary served his country during the Vietnam War and was the top member of his basic training class.

Following his military service, Gary worked for several different upholstery companies in Topeka, Kan., eventually opening and operating Gary Silver Upholstery out of his garage in Scranton. He was a well-known craftsman in the Topeka area for car dealerships and antique car owners from all over eastern Kansas. He loved his job and was a meticulous craftsman.

Gary was a detailed man, a trait carried over from his military years. He was a proud American and honored to have served his country in the Navy. He loved to hunt, especially pheasant every year in western Kansas with friends and family. Gary was very health conscious. He would work out for three hours every day even up until a few weeks ago.

On March 28, 1965, Gary was united in marriage to Helen Holm, in Scranton. They were just nearing their 57th year of marriage this March.

Gary was an active and dedicated member of the Grace Community Church, Overbrook, Kan., serving over the years as a lay leader and former member of the cabinet. Gary was also a member of the Edward Ted Rowe Post 2709, Scranton, and a member of the Post 400 American Legion, Topeka.

Gary is survived by his wife, Helen Silver, Scranton; son, Kenneth Silver (Kimberly), Scranton; two brothers, Lynn E. Silver (Dona), Burlingame, and Don Silver (Jan), Carbondale, Kan.; granddaughter, Kelsey Silver, Topeka; and many nieces, nephews, close friends, and extended and adopted family members.

Memorial funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at Grace Community Church, Overbrook. Interment will follow in the Scranton Cemetery, Scranton, with military honors.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Gideon’s or Grace Community Church, and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, PO Box 194, Burlingame, KS 66413. Condolences can be left at

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