David was born the son of Floyd Walter and Mary Leona (Buss) Gardner on December 11, 1944, in Plymouth, Indiana, and was a lifelong resident of the area. He graduated from Plymouth High School in the class of 1962. On September 7, 1963, David married the love of his life, Emily Delores Wiedeman. David retired after working as a life-long farmer. He also worked at Breeding’s Farm Supply as a mechanic, Plymouth Community Schools as groundskeeper and a popular bus driver, known as “Gertie” who enjoyed hauling the athletics teams (including 1977 Football and 1982 Basketball State Champions.) Upon retirement his next career endeavors included working for the Plymouth Parks Department and finished at 73 yrs. of age as a CNC operator with CTE Solutions. During his free time, he enjoyed golfing including golf trips, NASCAR and airplane rides (the higher the better.) David was a devoted grandfather, enjoyed looking after his grandchildren and rocking them after work every day. David spent many hours enjoying their events as they grew to young adults. David was a member of the Plymouth Community Church (formerly Sunrise Chapel).
Survivors include David’s loving wife, Emily, daughter Christina (Jamie) Johnson of Plymouth, Indiana and their children, Ryan (Faith) Johnson, Michael Johnson, and Katie Johnson. Also surviving are sons Brad Gardner of Goshen, Indiana and his children Brooke Gardner and Gabrielle Gardner and Todd (Kelly) Gardner of Spencer, Indiana and Elizabeth Gardner of Bourbon, Indiana and their children, Kate Gardner and John Gardner. David’s sisters, Dorothy Eads and Winifred Smith survive. David is preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Martha Sherrill, Evelyn Summerlot and Faye Damuth and 5 brothers, Kenneth, Keith, Harland Howard (Mike) and Jake Gardner.
Visitation for David will be held on June 11, 2020, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Deaton-Clemens Van Gilder Funeral Home (300 West Madison Street, Plymouth, Indiana 46563). Please honor the family by following the social distancing guidelines with respect to personal contact.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 12, 2020, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery (10th Road, Bourbon, Indiana 46504). The family will welcome friends from 10:30 a.m. to the time of the graveside service.
Memorials may be sent to Triton FFA (300 Triton Drive, Bourbon, Indiana 46504 ATTN: Mindy Dais).
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