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Gerald ‘Newt’ Gardner


Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 10:41 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 11:38 a.m. CDT

Gerald R. “Newt” Gardner, 91, of Diagonal died Aug. 11, 2014, at Mount Ayr Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr. The Rev. Terry Roberts will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. Open visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the United Church of Diagonal and Diagonal Community Scholarship Fund. Online condolences may be left at www.watsonarmstrongfh.com.

Gerald R. “Newt” Gardner, son of Madge (Fouser) and Roy Gardner, was born Nov. 8, 1922, in Ringgold County.

Newt graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1940.

On Jan. 22, 1950, Newt married Mary J. Huddleston in Hiawatha, Kan.

Newt farmed southeast of Diagonal for several years.

Newt was a member of the V.F.W.

Newt is survived by his children, Richard Smith of Omaha, Neb., Jerry Gardner of Humbolt, Linda (Roger) Shaw of Red Oak, Pat (Larry) Teply of Diagonal and Lynn (Dale) Gray of Milan, Mo.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Glenn Gardner of Creston, Wayne Gardner of Hemet, Calif., and Dean (Jackie) Gardner of South Salem, Ohio; and sister-in-law Carolyn Gardner of Humbolt.

Newt was preceded in death by his parents; wife Oct. 17, 2005; grandson Curtis Shaw; brother Marion Gardner; and sisters-in-law, Alice, Mary Ann, Iris and Geneva Gardner.

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