Ben W. Sarver

Captain Ben W Sarver on the bridgeCaptain Ben W Sarver observing operations
Captain Ben W. Sarver on the bridge of the
newly recommissioned USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5).
Capt Sarver died on 13 Mar 1997.

Retired Navy Rear Admiral Ben William Sarver died March 13, 1997, in a Norfolk hospital.

Rear Adm. Sarver was a native of Crookston, Minn., and a resident of Norfolk since 1967. He was the son of the late Alice Sarver Turner and Benjamin Franklin Sarver. He was a member of Larchmont United Methodist Church, Norfolk.

Rear Adm. Sarver was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1935. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II on several destroyers/cruisers. He was the senior recovery officer for the early Gemini space flights. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, Norfolk Host Lions Club, member of the board of directors of Goodwill Industries.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Etheridge Sarver; five daughters, Sue Sarver Lanigan of East Aurora, N.Y., Margaret Thorn Rawls of Chicago, Sally Sarver Smith of Goldsboro, N.C., Susan Thorn Marr of Hampton and Barbara Sarver Morris of Midland, Texas; a son, James William Sarver of Virginia Beach; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Forest Lawn Cemetery by Dr. Jerry Campbell. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel, is handling arrangements.