Thomas A. Gardner Sr.

March 24, 1928 ‒ November 01, 2010

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Thomas A. Gardner Sr., age 82, of Mount Vernon died Monday morning, November 1, 2010 near Amity. He was born on March 24, 1928 in Mount Vernon, son of the late Thomas and Cecil (Taylor) Gardner.

Tom retired from the Mount Vernon Developmental Center with 30 years of faithful service. He was a decorated veteran of WW II and a boxing champion during his military service. Tom enjoyed hunting and fishing and he also trained and hunted champion coon dogs. He was a member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church and the American Legion in Mount Vernon.

Tom is survived by his son, Thomas A. Gardner Jr.; daughters, Linda Gardner, Karen (Robert) Betancourt, and Laura (Gary) Wedemyer; sister, Carole (Tony) Cuellar; grandchild, Amy Betancourt; great grandchildren, Deakyn and Jude Patterson; and step daughters, Cheryl (John) Ewalt, Lori (Jack) Furgerson, Gwen (Rick) Gibson, and Holly Rainey,and his step grandchildren and great grandchildren; his faithful dog, Molly, and extended family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by a son, Richard Gardner; a sister, Roberta Edger, and his wife, Gladys Gardner.

The family will have a private memorial service at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or the Ebenezer United Methodist Church.

Private condolences may be expressed to the family at

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to have been chosen to serve the family of Thomas A. Gardner Sr.