KOKOMO – Alex H. Gardner, Jr., 77, Kokomo, passed away 6 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at Northwoods Village.
He was born on June 9, 1943, in Wise County, Vir., to Alex Sr. and Montana (Shepherd) Gardner.
He married Marcia Lewis on May 21, 1993 and she survives.
Alex was a graduate of Elwood High School and attended Ball State University. He served in the United States Army earning the rank of Sergeant. He worked for Delco-Remy in Anderson for 33 years until his retirement in 1999. He was a member of Crossroads Community Church and the Laborers Union #662 where he was very active in both the union and the United Way in Anderson. He enjoyed playing golf, music and art of any kind.
Alex, known by many names including “Goose Gardner,” “Big Al,” “June Bug,” “Buddy” and “Pap,” was a smart man that lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed working on old cars, but his passion was people. He could always be found talking with others telling jokes and stories. He was very giving and generous and caring. He was always willing to help those that needed something, whether it be something to eat, an ear to listen or a helping hand, he would be glad to give of himself.
Along with his wife of 27 years, Alex is survived by his children, Karen, Lisa and Nick Gardner; step-children, Brian and Chad (Meg) Hite and Kristina (Steve) Dutton; a sister, Marie (Dennis) Trice; and grandchildren, Shelby, Camie, Carson, Gavan and Calista Hite, Ruth, Zoe, Alia and Hadie Dutton; and nephew, Clint Trice.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Rd., in Kokomo.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Crossroads Community Church Warehouse in Alex’s memory.
Private burial will be in Albright Cemetery with Pastor Jeff Harlow officiating.
Messages of condolence may be left at www.shirleyandstout.com.