The following is a resolution that became a part of the permanent court record upon the passing of Garver Oxley, the founder of our law firm.FINDLAY-HANCOCK COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF GARVER OXLEY
Attorney Garver Oxley died Tuesday, March 18, 1997, at Naples Community Hospital, Naples, Florida. Until he retired from the practice of law, he had a long and successful career practicing law in Findlay, Hancock County and most of the counties in Northwestern Ohio. When he retired to Florida, the Bench and Bar of Northwestern Ohio missed a friend and respected colleague.
He was born January 4, 1919, in Fremont, Ohio, to George and Cecile (Garver) Oxley. He married Maxine M. Wolfe on July 12, 1947, and she preceded him in death. He then married Mary A. Fetters, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Congressman Michael G. Oxley, of Washington, D.C; Thomas G. Oxley of Las Vegas, Nevada, a grandson; and a brother, William T. Oxley, of Ashland.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Sally Wenzel.
He attended Fremont public schools, Findlay College, Findlay, Ohio, where he played football and swam, earning letters in both sports. After receiving his bachelor of arts degree, he had a brief stint playing for the Detroit Lions. He then served as a teacher and coach in Pandora and Kunkle. Uncle Sam then called and he served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, reaching in-flight gunnery and also playing on the service football teams. After his Army service, he attended Ohio Northern University Law School, receiving his juris doctor degree in 1948. After his admission to the Ohio Supreme Court bar in 1948, he practiced law and started his career of public service as a Justice of the Peace for Findlay Township for several years. He was active in Republican politics and once ran for the nomination for the Ohio Senate. As a hobby, he officiated basketball and football for 20 years. He founded the law firm that is now Oxley, Malone, Fitzgerald & Hollister. He was elected Hancock County Prosecutor in the 1956 election and successfully prosecuted the first first-degree murder case tried in Hancock County since the year 1927. After serving two terms as prosecutor, he concentrated on his practice as a litigator. One of his most interesting cases was one which changed Ohio law on the timing of the commencement of a law suit in Common Pleas Court.He was an ardent supporter of Findlay College football and was inducted into the Findlay College Hall of Fame.
He was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of Ohio in 1948. He also was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio.
He was a member of the Findlay-Hancock County Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, the Royalwood Golf and Country Club, Naples, Florida, and a former member of the Findlay Country Club.
He attended the Trinity Episcopal Church. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge 698, AMVETS Post 21, Ralph D. Cole Post 3 American Legion, D.A.V. Buddy Chapter 43, the Eagles Club and Elks Lodge 75.
Therefore, the members of the Findlay-Hancock County Bar Association, and the Bench of Hancock County, Ohio, join in remembering their colleague, Garver Oxley, and extend to his family their condolences.
The Findlay-Hancock County Bar Association requests that the Bench of this county spread this Resolution on the journal of the court, and that a copy of this Resolution be delivered to Mr. Oxley’s wife and his two sons.
Thomas F. Bryant
Allan H. Davis
John C. Firmin
HANCOCK COUNTY, OH
FILED 97 MAR 21 PM 3:32
CAROLYN A. SCHIMMEL
CLERK OF COURTS