Thomas Gardner

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Thomas Gardner

August 17, 1947 - January 15, 2019

Thomas Gardner Thomas D. Gardner, 71, of Douds, Iowa passed away on January 15, 2019 at Ridgewood Specialty Care in Ottumwa, Iowa. He was born on August 17, 1947 in Selma, Iowa to Charles Vernon and Arlene Henkle Gardner. Tom graduated from Cardinal High School with the class of 1965 and then attended Iowa State University. He currently lived in Douds, but spent his career traveling throughout the Midwest while working for IBP.

Tom served as a member of the National Guard. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing and ranching. Tom was always the first person to help out a neighbor and simply share life. He had the unique ability to tell stories in a way that would have everyone in the room laughing. Tom's stories, sense of humor, and companionship will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by a daughter, Shannon (Barry) Sullivan of Blue Ridge, Texas; three grandchildren, Justin (Arila) Sullivan of Blue Ridge, Texas, Allison Sullivan of Covington, Texas, Abigail Sullivan of Blue Ridge, Texas; great-grandchildren, Maylee and Kolt Sullivan; a sister, Martha Plowman of Douds, Iowa; special friend, Jeanette Cox of Douds, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Vernon and Arlene Gardner; a son, CT Gardner; and brother, Richard Gardner.

Per his wishes, his body has been cremated. A visitation with the family present to greet friends will be from 5 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Pedrick Funeral Home - Douds. A Celebration of Life is planned for the Spring, the date will be announced later. Burial will be at a later date in Mt. Moriah Cemetery near Douds, Iowa. Memorial contribution's in Tom's honor can be made to the Douds Community Club or Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Online condolences may be directed to www.pedrickfuneralhom.com.
Published on January 18, 2019
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Mark Gardner
Jan 18, 2019
Tom was the best . He was a man that reflected southern Iowa farm culture. Honesty,hard work and always a friend . If you met him once ,its like you knew him all your life . The whipporwills in the spring , the red winged blackbird calling in the bright sun ,will be a reminder of our short time ,yet so eventful both tragic and peaceful.