MOUNT VERNON — C. Robert “Bob” Gardner, 92, of Mount Vernon died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon following a brief illness.
Bob was born Dec. 19, 1917, in Mount Gilead to Hoy and Nellie (Evans) Gardner. He graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1937 and had spent most of his lifetime in the Mount Vernon area. During World War II, Bob served with the U.S. Army in New Caledonia, Australia. He was a retired master machinist having worked at Cooper Bessemer Co. in Mount Vernon for 45 years.
He attended the Beulah United Methodist Church at Bangs, was a member of Mount Zion Lodge 9 Free and Accepted Masons in Mount Vernon, the Colonial City Moose Lodge in Mount Vernon and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Mount Vernon.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy (Stumbaugh) Gardner, whom he married Aug. 15, 1942; his daughters, Diane Bash and Doris (Richard) Ressler, both of Mount Vernon, and Pat (Ed Keough) Jeffries of Parma; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his brother, Dale Gardner of Mount Vernon.
Besides his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother, John Gardner; and his sister, Pearl Pipes.
Friends may call Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon, where Mount Zion Masonic Lodge 9 will conduct memorial services following the calling hours. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Thom Fowler officiating. Burial with military honors by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Beulah United Methodist Church in care of Tammy Swingle, 1101 E. Chestnut St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. To send an online condolence to the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Snyder Funeral Homes in Mount Vernon are honored to have been chosen to serve the family of C. Robert “Bob” Gardner.