Robert L. “Bob” Gardner

September 01, 1927 ‒ December 13, 2012

Delaware, Ohio

Robert L. “Bob” Gardner, age 85 of Delaware passed away Thursday morning, December 13, 2012 at Delaware Court.

He was born in Flint on September 1, 1927 to the late Rupert and Clara (Potter) Gardner. During his youth he helped in the operation of his family’s dairy and grain farm. He also gave tours of the Olentangy Indian Caverns and sold hotdogs at the Ohio State Football Stadium. Upon graduation from Powell High School in 1945, he married his high school sweetheart: Minerva Weaver, just prior to entering the US Army and serving at the end of WW II.

For the next 40 years he worked as a spot welder and manager with Jefferies Manufacturing. A member of Valley View Friends Church, he and his wife were founding members of AMVETS Post 102, where he was a past commander. A lifelong resident of Delaware County, winters were spent in Bradenton, Florida. Not one to sit idle, he enjoyed golf, shuffle board, bowling, and woodworking. Most dedicated to the needs of his family and extended family, he treasured time spent with them and attending OSU football games as an avid fan.

His beloved wife of 45 years: Minerva preceded him in death in 2003, as well as son’s Ronald and Richard Gardner, great-grandson Troy Hunt, brothers Edmund and Roy Gardner, and sisters Thelma Alexander, Betty Richardson, Margaret Gardner, as well as two infant sisters.

He is survived by daughters: Sharen (Robert) Dutcher of Delaware, Charlene (Randy) Harris of Cincinnati, Judy Hunt of Delaware, Charlotte (Dave) Cooper of Marengo, son Robert (Tammy) Gardner Jr. of Delaware, daughter-in-law Bev Hickman-Gardner of Marengo,brother Chub (Joyce)Gardner, 18 Grandchildren, 34 Great-grandchildren, 3 Great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Friends may call Sunday 2-4 p.m. at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Dr, Delaware, where services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday with Rev. Wally White officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Park with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association.

Memorial contributions can be made to Odyssey Hospice, 540 Officecenter Place,Suite 100,Gahanna, OH 43230.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com