‘Bill’ Gardner

William “Bill” Eugene Gardner 82, of Pittsburg died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at Golden Living Center.
He was born Jan. 16, 1927, in Barton County, Mo., to William Owen and Mildred Opal (Perkins) Gardner. He attended and graduated from Lamar, Mo., schools.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Scott. He was also a member of American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Nevada, Mo., drove for Meals on Wheels and was a member of Bill Mack Million Mile Club.
He was a veteran of World War II and of occupation forces in Japan after WWII.
On Jan. 30, 1955, he married Joetta Fay Lathrom in Gainesville, Texas. He was a truck driver for Weir Brick Plant for 46 years. He retired from Acme Brick in 1992 with more than 2.5 million miles driven without an accident or liability claim.
Survivors include his wife; children, Eugene Michael “Mike,” Oklahoma City, Okla., Valorie and Steven and his wife, Lori, Pittsburg; a brother, Darrell, Golden City, Mo.; three grandchildren, Joshua Steven, Hayden Hope and Addison Grace Gardner; and two great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Lisa Jean, sister, Ella Jean Hickman, and stepbrother, Cecil Wallace, died earlier.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home with the Rev. Daryl Gaddy officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to services. Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Pittsburg. Military rites will be conducted by Fort Riley Honor Guard.
Memorials to First Presbyterian Church in Fort Scott may left at or mailed to the funeral home, 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, Kan. 66762. Online condolences may be left at bathnaylor.com.