Eugene R. Gardner, 88
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PORTLAND -- Eugene Gardner, 88, passed away suddenly on Dec. 9, 2013, in Portland.
He was born in Liverpool, N.Y., on Aug. 17, 1925, the son of Ralph P. and Emma (Rode) Gardner. He left school in his senior year to join the Army during World War II. He was in the Battle of the Bulge and received a Purple Heart.
He returned home from the war, married and then joined the Air National Guard at Hancock Field in North Syracuse as a full-time Supply Officer and spent 31 years in that position.
After he retired he went to work for the Liverpool School District.
He loved history, especially military history. He also liked to garden and being outside when it snowed. He traveled extensively in the military so in his later years he was content to stay at home and be a house husband.
He was predeceased by his parents, Ralph P. Gardner and Emma B. (Rode) Gardner; his brother Milton; his first wife Jean; his daughter Sue Ann; his stepdaughter Karen Dudeney Vallejo; a step grandson; and a step great-grandson. He is survived by his wife Katherine; his son Joseph (Kathleen) Gardner; stepdaughters, Marie (Frank) Harp and Bernice Reagan; step granddaughters, Laura, Linda and Kennedy; and a step great-granddaughter, Evalynn.
Calling hours will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at the Maurer Funeral Home, 300 Second St., Liverpool. A prayer service will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1001 Tulip St., Liverpool. Rite of Committal and burial will be at a later date in the Liverpool Village Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to your favorite
animal rescue charity.
Eugene R. Gardner
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 15, 2013