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Jerold Ray (Jerry) Gardner passed away April 28, 2017, surrounded by loved ones, after several years of declining health.
He was born in Kansas City, Kansas, Sept. 26, 1932 of Cleta Faye Hodgins Gardner and John Elmer Gardner. Also born to this union was Jerry’s only sibling, Joyce Arlene.
Jerry was raised in Waldo, a suburb of Kansas City, where he graduated from Center High School in 1950. He learned the concrete finishing business from his father and uncles. He started his own concrete construction business in 1949. That same year, Jerry married Donna Sue Means. Four children were born to this union: Jerold Wayne, Teresa Sue, Jay Edward, and Patrick Allen.
Jerry continued working in construction until he completed flight school and became a full time pilot. After he and Donna divorced, he married again in 1960 to Wanda Buchtel.They had one daughter, Jodi Ann. Jerry flew a Piper Cub, inspecting pipeline for Panhandle Eastern until 1966 when he accepted a job as Vice-President and Senior Pilot for Apollo Airlines. After being transferred from K.C. to Hutchinson, KS, Salina, KS, back to K.C., then to Detroit, MI. when, after less than a year in Detroit, Jerry learned the company wanted him to relocate to New Jersey. Jerry decided he’d had done enough moving for the airline so he resigned and moved his family to Largo, Florida where building was booming. There he started Gardner Concrete Construction. In 1976, when building slowed in Florida, Jerry and family moved to Houston, Texas where he enjoyed years of commercial concrete construction which included accounts such as Coca Cola, Anheuser, Ozarka and Frito Lay, to mention only a few. Jerry was proud to have been known for his honesty and fair dealings during his career.
Retiring in 2002, Jerry and Wanda moved to a cove on Lake Livingston where he planned to catch all the fish in the lake.
Jerry was proud of his 15 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Kimberly McConnell, husband Steve, their children (Jordan Noice her husband Michael, Bailey and Lillian); Scott Gardner, wife Michele, their daughter (Megan); Steven Collins, wife Landis, their children (Aidan and Stevie); Shane Collins, wife Andrea, their sons (Gabriel, Chase and Christian); James Gillis, Trae and wife Angie, their children (Dominic, Taylor, Trent); Rusty, wife Tabitha, their daughter (Peyton); Jesse Gillis, his daughter, (Cyliegh); Sarah Readyhough, husband Steve, their children (Melia and Wyatt), Shannon Ray Gardner, wife Doris, their son (Titus); Mendy Ferrera, husband Mike, their children (Ryan and Reece); Mallory and Meredith Gardner; Conor and Riley Galgay.
Jerry was preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Allbrook, one of her sons, John Schaaf, one son, Jay Edward and three grandchildren, James Gillis, Jesse Gillis and Mallory Gardner.
Other surviving relatives include (by marriage) WWII Vet, Homer Clark and wife Maxine, brother-in-law Elmer and Charlotte Buchtel and their son, Chad; and sister Joyce’s sons, Robin and Niles Schaaf.
Jerry would want to say thank you to friends and family for all the prayers and love over the years.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 3 at 2:00 at Grace Community Church at Waterwood. Light refreshments will follow. For directions, search Google Maps for “Grace Community Church at Waterwood.” The church is located 1 mile North of Waterwood Parkway on 980.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to Jerry’s home church:
Grace Community Church, 6801 Hwy 980 N, Huntsville, Tx 77320 Mailing address: 239 Waterwood, Huntsville Tx. 77320

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2:00 PM
Grace Community Church at Waterwood

1601 FM Rd 980 Spur
Huntsville, TX 77320


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