Larry D. Gardner

December 13, 1933 ‒ June 12, 2017

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Larry D. Gardner, age 83, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Brookdale of Mount Vernon. He was born on December 13, 1933 in Mount Vernon, Ohio the son of Harley and Lucy (Booth) Gardner.

In the early 1950’s Larry started employment with the Singer Company while still attending High School in Gambier. In September of 1963 Larry opened his first store, Gardner Sewing Center in Mount Vernon and operated his business until his retirement in 2016. Larry was an active member of First Church of The Nazarene for the last 68 years and the Knox County RC club where he served as treasurer. Larry was a 50 year member of Kiwanis where he boasted perfect attendance and was also an honorary member of the Mount Vernon Exchange Club. Larry was a lifelong resident of Mount Vernon. He served on city council for 10 years and in the 60’s he served as an Auxiliary Deputy Sherriff.

He is survived by his step-children; Charles (Diane) Cline and Frances (Glenn) Marchal both of Mount Vernon; a grandson, Brian (Darby Vasbinder) McDonough; a great grandson, Cole McDonough; many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his best friends John and Sharon Booth.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Celia (Wood) Gardner.

Friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 807 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. Rev. Russ Gumm will be officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene.

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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Larry D. Gardner.

  • I am sorry to read Larry’s obituary. I have known him for many years after meeting him in Gambier School. Larry was extremely ambitious and he started conducting business as a teenager. I last saw him a couple years ago and we ended up talking about Gambier School. He was an honorable man . . very talented . . . always friendly and caring . . and very community minded.

  • I’m honored to have known Larry ! His leadership and attention to detail surpassed all others. I am proud to call him a fellow Kiwanian. He made a difference in the lives of others and his passion for service did not go unnoticed. Larry will be missed. My condolences to his family.

  • I am sorry to learn of Larry’s passing. I was in Kiwanis w/him & he was a good guy, very helpful. A good friend of my dad’s before my dad’s passing of many yrs ago. My condolences to the family & to John & Sharon.

  • I don’t know where to begin and end in speaking about how Larry touched my life. He was an absolute blessing to all who knew him. I was privileged to get to spend the last couple of years with him on a daily basis. So many wonderful moments with this beautful man. He was so excited to meet the Lord. I’ll never forget him. A much-deserved servant.

  • A man of great faith, a good friend of the Warrick family, and mentor of the Warrick boys, Dave, Doug and Mike. A past president of Kiwanis who also organized the Key Club at Mt Vernon Senior High in the mid 60s. He made his local world a little better.

  • Our deepest sympathies to all. A very good man that made a difference in the lives of others and our community.

  • Condolences and prayers for you all. Larry will always be remembered. His life of community involvement will not be forgotten. Blessings for you all.
    Larry was truly a wonderful caring person.

  • Our families were friends before long before Larry and I were born. We were together at church and then elementary school, where we spent most of our time sitting in the hallway. We could always find some mischief to interest us more than the classwork! Through the years, Larry and I have remained close friends even though we went our separate ways in life. Memories flood my mind as I look back over our experiences together as children, teens, and then adults. Being a close buddy, whenever I returned home to Mt.Vernon to visit family, Larry was always included in those times.
    So many memories…so many good times…my life was enriched by my friendship and bond with Larry Gardner. I’ll miss you dear friend!