IMPERIAL, Nebraska -- Richard Dean Gardner, 53, died Sunday (Aug. 7, 2011) at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial, Nebraska.
He was born Dec. 19, 1957, in Sterling, Colorado, to Edward and Patsy Lee (Owens) Gardner. He grew up and attended school in Curtis, Nebraska. He received his degree in Agribusiness from Curtis Tech School.
In 1980, He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving until 1985.
He married Karen Hosick on July 24, 1987, at Wellfleet Lake in Wellfleet, Nebraska. To this union three children were born. The family settled in Stockville, Nebraska, until 1991 when they moved to Wauneta, Nebraska.
He was employed as a semi truck driver for the Wauneta Co-op, Frenchman Valley Co-op and Bruce Kramer Farms.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward; grandparents, Guy and Mary Gardner and Richard Owens.
Survivors include his mother, Patsy and step-father, Russ Woods of Cambridge, Nebraska; wife, Karen of Wauneta; sons, Michael Gardner of Wauneta, Daniel Gardner and special friend, Tori Adams of Wauneta; daughter, Renae Gardner of Wauneta, sister, Cathy Wichman and husband, Steve of Randolph, Nebraska; brother, Jim Gardner and wife, Marsha of Curtis, Nebraska.
Memorial services are Wednesday, 11 a.m. MDT at the United Methodist Church of Wauneta with the Rev. Bonnie McCord officiating. A private family inurnment is at a later date.
There is no visitation, he chose cremation.
A memorial has been established in his memory.
Online condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.