Lewis Gardner


Lewis Gardner
We've solved all riddles, turn after turn
Break every chain, our ignorance burn
Except the riddle that fills the urn.
-Omar Khayyam

Lewis Leon Gardner, age 82, passed away on Thursday, December 6, 2007, at his home in Mexico Beach, from congestive heart failure with his son Jef and his hospice nurse at his side.
He was born May 3, 1925. On October 10, 1947, nearly 60 years ago, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Ann Gay in Donaldsonville, Georgia. He spent his married life, in the Air Force, raising five sons and retiring in 1975 after nearly 30 years with the Armed Forces. He was a licensed radio operator, W4MTH, for 57 years.
His wife had just passed away on July 12th after a courageous battle with colon cancer. Lewis is survived by his son Jef, of Mexico Beach; son Jon wife Pam of San Antonio, Texas; son Lewis, Jr. wife Linda of Albuquerque, New Mexico; son Jac of Cross City, Florida; son Jan wife Ellen from Dayton, Ohio. He is further survived by his brother Bill Gardner and sister Janet Crouch, both from Cincinatti, Ohio; granddaughter Julie Gardner of San Antonio, Texas; granddaughter Carrie Schray and grandson Aaron Gardner, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; granddaughter Heather Gardner of Cross City, Florida; granddaughters Cara Joy Gardner and Emily Ann Gardner, of Tallahassee, Florida; grandson Matthew Alexius Gardner of Savannah, Georgia; and granddaughter Skylyn Gardner and grandson Fred Gardner, of Dayton, Ohio. He is further survived by great-granddaughters, great-grandsons, other relatives, and many friends.
Funeral services for Lewis Leon Gardner were held at 3 p.m. EST, Monday, December 10, 2007, at Holly Hill in Port St. Joe.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Taunton Family Home.
The family would like to thank Trish of Covenant Hospice for her tender care and love to Lewis; and the excellent care provided to him at Coastal Kidney Center.
All services are under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home.
Published in The Star from Dec. 13 to Dec. 20, 2007
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