Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
February 1, 2013 11:09 am EST


APPLE VALLEY — Richard S. Gardner, 82, born July 7, 1930, passed away at home with Hospice care on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his parents, L.D. and Neva Gardner.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; son, Richard C.; and daughter, Diane; and his brother, William D. (Joy) Gardner of Arlington Heights, Ill.

Richard grew up and lived his life in Clintonville until retirement in 1998. He graduated from North High School in 1948 and The Ohio State University in 1952 with a B.A. in Business Administration. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and was awarded the Jordan Standard Outstanding Alumnus Award by the Board of Trustees of the Alpha Gamma Chapter. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant serving as a military academic instructor with the Aviation Cadet Program at Harlingen AFB, Harlingen, Texas.

He was the owner of the L.D. Insurance Agency and was devoted to serving his clients and their insurance needs. Prior to retirement, he was a longtime member of North Broadway United Methodist Church in Columbus, and after moving to Apple Valley, Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon. He was a gifted artist and shared those gifts with these churches.

There will be a private interment in Walnut Grove Cemetery. A Time of Remembrance will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, 205 N. Mulberry St., with Pastors John Hood and Warren Outhwaite officiating. Friends may call Sunday at the church from 2 p.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, 6500 Bucsh Blvd., Suite 210, Columbus, OH 43229; or Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, 205 N. Mulberry St., Mount Vernon, OH, 43050.

Arrangements completed by Weir-Arend Funeral Home, Columbus. To sign the official online condolence book, please visit

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