Robert William Gardner, 77, the only son of Paul Theron and Mildred Fern (Reese) Gardner, was born on Aug. 16, 1935, near Collins. God called him to his Heavenly Home on July 1, 2013, at Sac-Osage Hospital after a 23-year hard fought battle with cancer.
Robert attended Ashworth and Rainey grade schools, then Faith Bible Academy at Roach.
In 1951 he met the love of his life, Bonny Wheeler, at Vista Baptist Church and on Aug. 16, 1955, he married that love. To this happy union God gave two wonderful children, Jeanie Floyd and Lynn Gardner.
Robert loved Ford tractors and farming. He was employed on the C.L. King Farm for 50 years. He often said he’d always lived within three miles of his birthplace. Robert loved helping people even if it was only pulling them up a slick snowy hill. His greatest thrill was to go “Muddin” with grandson, Ben Gardner.
At six years of age he accepted Jesus as his Savior and was baptized in the Sac River. In 1955, he was baptized again to join Vista Baptist Church. He loved to serve his Lord if he was needed as Sunday School secretary, adult teacher, hauling children to Bible school, serving as deacon or telling someone about Jesus.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Mildred Gardner.
Robert is survived by his wife, Bonny Gardner; daughter, Jeanie (Fred) Floyd; son, Lynn Gardner; grandchildren – Susan (Randy) Williams, Rachel (Jeremy) Rothmayer, Ben Gardner, Robert (Melissa) Floyd, Stacy (David) Rogers, Heidi (Matt) Aton and Heather (Trent) Berry; great grandchildren – Cody Williams, Jay Rothmayer, Rylan Evans, Quinton Rogers, Allie, Sean, Kira and Emma Berry and Cole and Bo Aton; his sister, Luella (Bill) Meloy; nieces; nephews; cousins and many, many friends and neighbors.
Services were held Friday, July 5, in Sheldon-Goodrich Chapel, Osceola, with Greg Mangum officiating. Richard F. Sunderwirth and Gail Ingle sang “Palms of Victory”and “The Love of God.” Casketbearers were Bob Burkhart, Tom Chapman, Dave Chapman, Dennis Mitchell, Roger Motley, Vernon Putnam and Willie Maxwell. Honorary casketbearers were Dr. Wayne Morton, Larry Walters, Rev. Clarence Hyde and Rev. Robert Walton. Interment was in Macedonia Cemetery, Osceola, under direction of Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home, Osceola. www.sheldonfh.com.