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Glenn I. Gardner

Glenn Ivan Gardner, 95, died peacefully at the Greater Regional Hospice House in Creston, Iowa, on September 21, 2015. He was born June 5, 1920 in Ringgold County near Tingley, Iowa to Roy and Madge Gardner. He graduated from Mt. Ayr High School in 1938. After high school he worked on the family farm and as a farmhand near Tipton, Iowa. He then joined his uncle in the construction of power plants in eastern Nebraska. He later worked in construction in Idaho.

In January of 1942 Glenn entered the Army, where he was a supply sergeant with the 35th Division, Third Army in France, serving in Normandy, Orleans, St. Lo, LeMans, Chatterdon, and on the German Border. On December 11, 1944 while moving supplies to the Saar River, his jeep was destroyed and Glenn was seriously injured. Due to his injuries, he was awarded the Purple Heart as well as the following citations: Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, ETO Ribbon, and three Battle Stars. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army on June 11, 1945.

On June 9, 1946, Glenn married Alice Deane Waugh in Shenandoah, Iowa. Alice and Glenn lived in Crete, Nebraska, near Mt. Ayr, and Diagonal. He worked as a mechanic in Adel, Iowa for one year before purchasing the farm in Union County near Arispe, where he farmed until he retired in January of 1981. He was a member of the Arispe Methodist Church and a member of the VFW.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Madge, his wife, Alice, an infant son, Stephen, and two brothers, Gerald and Marion.

Left to cherish his memory are his children Nancy (John) Kunze, Alan (Connie) Gardner, David (Sue) Gardner and Sharon Gardner; eight grandchildren Julie Kvasnicka, Matt Gardner, Melissa McVeigh, Diana Kunze, Josh Kunze, Sara Gardner, Ellen Gardner and Ross Gardner; and seven great grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers Wayne Gardner, Dean Gardner (Jackie); sister-in-law Carolyn Gardner, and many nieces and nephews.

The injuries Glenn sustained in service to his country made it difficult for him to enjoy many things others take for granted and macular degeneration robbed him of the ability to read in his last years, but he remained a man of quiet dignity until his passing.

  • Visitation

    September 24, 2015
    2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    September 24, 2015
    5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    September 25, 2015
    10:30 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Interment with Military Honors

    Friday September 25 2015

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA


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Guestbook

Sorry. For your. Loss. Thinking of you

Posted by joe axline - manchester, IA - fri err nd   October 02, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Nancy and David, I am so sorry to hear of your dad''s passing. I will never forget our old neighborhood and the country school. Prayers to your family. Diane

Posted by Diane (Sickels) Case - Ellston, IA   September 24, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dave

So sorry to hear about your Dad
Thinking of you and your family

Teresa Weis Preston

Posted by Teresa Weis Preston - Urbandale, IA - classmate   September 24, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Alan,
Sorry about your father''s passing. I never met him, but from what I have read he is a very respected and loved person, I am sure you and your family are very proud of his life.

Mike Rau

Posted by Michael Rau - Council Bluffs, IA - co-worker Arbor Bank   September 24, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dave and family
sorry to hear about your dad will be thinking of you during the weeks to come

Posted by Mike Kirk - Marshalltown, IA - Freind   September 24, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sharon and family I am sorry for your lose. Thank you for letting us Hospice nurses and aids help Glen and all your family through this journey.Glen was such polite gentleman always said thank you for whatever he needed help with. He sure will be missed at our house. God Bless all of you. Prayers and thoughts will be with you. Sally Chapman Hospice aide.

Posted by sally chapman - Murray, IA   September 23, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Alan, sorry to hear of your father''s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Connie. Myrna

Posted by Myrna (Cheers) Ford - Omaha, NE - friend   September 23, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss, my prayers for all of the family!

Posted by Kelly Ripley - Omaha, NE - Co-Worker to Alan Gardner   September 22, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

When he came into our office he always has a friendly smile was good to deal with

Posted by Keith Nichols - Perry, IA - friend   September 22, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dear Alan and Sharon: so sorry to hear about your dad passing. I enjoyed visiting with him at the veterans breakfasts. He had a strong American faith.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. It is tough when you lose a parent, but each day will get better. Your friends Jon and Lenita Foley

Posted by Jon Foley - Creston, Ia, IA - friend   September 22, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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