Kenneth Earl Gardner



Kenneth Earl Gardner, 91, of Columbus, Ohio and formerly of New Market, passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at Worthington Christian Village in Columbus, Ohio.

He was born Oct. 3, 1928, at Indianapolis, to the late Ben Andrew and Jean G. (Landers) Gardner.

Kenneth graduated from New Market High School in 1946 and proudly served his country during the Korean War in the United States Air Force. On Dec. 8, 1946, he married the love of his life, Nola Nyjo “Jo” Brown, who survives. He worked at RR Donnelley for 38 years as a machine operator and retired in 1985. He also owned and operated Gardner’s Flower Shop in New Market. He was a member of the Alamo Masonic Lodge 144 and the Scottish Rite. Kenneth enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling with Jo.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Nola “Jo” Gardner; daughters, Valerie (John) LaSell of Ramsey, Minnesota, and Dena (Jim) Martin of Cumming, Georgia; son Ken (Sharon) Gardner of Lewis Center, Ohio; and five grandchildren, Brandon LaSell, Justin Martin, Lauren France, Brittany Gardner and Veronica Gardner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Kayla LaSell; and grandson Joshua Gardner.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S. Washington St., Crawfordsville. Pastor Kurt Flora will officiate. Military honors by the United States Air Force and Legion Post 72 Honor Guard will start the service followed by a Masonic service. Burial will follow at Oak Hill North Cemetery.

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