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Richard Gardner - August 07, 2011

Richard Dean Gardner was born Dec. 19, 1957, in Sterling, Colo., to Edward and Patsy Lee (Owens) Gardner.
Rick grew up and attended school in Curtis, Neb. He received his degree in Agribusiness from Curtis Tech School. In 1980 Rick enlisted in the United States Army, serving until 1985.
Rick married Karen Hosick on July 24, 1987, at Wellfleet Lake in Wellfleet, Neb., and to this union three children, Michael, Daniel and Renae, were born.
The family settled in Stockville, Neb., until 1991 when they moved to Wauneta. Rick was employed as a semi-truck driver for the Wauneta Co-op, Frenchman Valley Co-op and Bruce Kramer Farms.
Rick enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing with his sons. He especially loved family time.
Rick passed away early Sunday morning, Aug. 7, 2011, at the Chase County Community Hospital, Imperial, Neb. He was 53 years of age.
He was preceded in death by his father Edward; grandparents Guy and Mary Gardner and Richard Owens.
Survivors include: wife: Karen of Wauneta; sons: Michael Gardner of Wauneta and Daniel Gardner and special friend Tori Adams of Wauneta; daughter: Renae Gardner of Wauneta; mother: Patsy and step-father Russ Woods of Cambridge, Neb.; sister: Cathy and husband Steve Wichman of Randolph, Neb.; brother: Jim Gardner and wife Marsha of Curtis, Neb.
Memorial services were held Wednesday morning, Aug. 10, 2011, 11:00 a.m. (MT) at the United Methodist Church of Wauneta with Pastor Bonnie McCord officiating.
A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.
There was no visitation as Rick chose cremation.
A memorial has been established in his memory.
On-line condolences may be left at
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.