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“Jo Ann and family- We are sorry to hear about the loss of your father. He was always such a nice guy! You and your family are in our thoughts!!! ...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa Newton - Des Moines , IA

“Our deepest sympathies to the Gardner family. Your Dad was a such a cheerful guy. He always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. we will miss...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: kathy rains and darlene nelson - IA

“Dear Gardner cousins, I am thinking about you at this sad time - my deepest condolances come to you. These pictures and newspaper article were a...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Janet Gardner - San Diego, CA

“Dear cousins, I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Wayne. This is a difficult time for you as you have been thought this with Aunt Goldie. I am sad...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Jean Gardner - niece

“Dear cousins, I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Wayne. This is a difficult time for you as you have been thought this with Aunt Goldie. I am sad...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Jean Gardner - niece

“My sympathies to the family as they mourn Wayne's death. I worked at least one election with Wayne and Goldie at City High. They will be sorely...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Richard Tiegs - Coralville, IA

“Sympathies to the Family of Wayne Gardner ~~ We have enjoyed the casual and occasional visits with Wayne during his trips to Stoughton and Brother...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Norval & Barbara Morgan - WI

“From the staff of 7 West at VA Medical Center. Our thoughts are with you. We feel privileged to have cared for Mr. Gardner, and to know his...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Michael Sellz - Iowa City, IA

“The first time I met Wayne was when his son, Art, and I had begun dating in June of 1984. We went to the Shrine Circus, where Wayne was dressed in...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Debbie Gardner - Omaha, NE

“To the family of Wayne Gardner, I can go back to the early days of Wayne working for the University of Iowa Physical Plant. We would cross paths...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Duane Papke - Iowa City, IA

“Wayne and Goldie were some of our nicest neighbors when we lived on First Ave. We loved running in to him at every parade we attended. He was so...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Tom and Cynthia Gillham - IA

“Offering my condolences to the Gardner family for their loss.My thoughts and prayers to all of you.. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Steve Oaks


Wayne Gardner, 87, of Iowa City, died Friday, January 28, 2011, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Iowa City.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at St. Marks United Methodist Church, Iowa City with visitation from 2 to7 p.m., Monday at the Gay & Ciha Funeral Service in Iowa City with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Interment with military honors will take place at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Iowa City. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital or Iowa City Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to Wayne’s family through the web @www.gayandciha.com.

Wayne Gardner was born April 8, 1923 in Washington County, Iowa, the son of Bertha (Emde) and Harry Gardner Sr. He graduated from North English High School in 1941. He attended Kirkwood Community College earning his certificate in welding. Wayne served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII. On June 8, 1950, Wayne married Goldie Burkley in Kalona. He worked as a plumber at the University of Iowa for 18 years and as a cook, baker and meat cutter at the VA Hospital for 14 years. He spent 18 months in Greenland on an expedition for North Atlantic Contractors. Wayne and Goldie were both long-time residents of Iowa City, living here since 1950.

Wayne was a long-time member of St. Marks United Methodist Church, active in the Masonic, White Shrine and OES organizations both locally and on the state level, as well as being a member of the Iowa City American Legion. One of Wayne’s pleasures was being one of the Crazy Clowns with the KAABA Temple Shrine. Wayne was also very fond of his volunteer years at the Senior Center in Iowa City.

His family includes their children, Joyce Rossie (Jim) of Iowa City; Allan Gardner (Brenda) of West Branch, Julie Barnes (Art) of Iowa City; Joanne Moore (Steve) of Iowa City and Arthur Gardner (Julie) of Council Bluffs, IA; grandchildren, Brian Rossie, Michelle Rummelhart and her husband, Scott, Gregg Gardner, Carl Gardner, Joshua Gardner, Andrew Gardner, Melissa Leyh and her husband, Sam, Krystle Barnes, Jonathan Barnes, Nathan Gardner and his wife, Shannon, Zach Moore and his wife, Erica, Zeb Moore, Michael Moore, Abby Gardner, Jacob Gardner, Jared Gardner, Ryan Ostdiek, Dakota Ostdiek, and Shaylie Gardner; great-grandchildren, Allison and Anthony Rummelhart, Paisley and Avery Gardner, Tayte and Teagan Moore and Elijah Ostdiek; brothers, Frank and Burrell Gardner as well as a special friend, Lorene Frenzen.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Goldie; his parents; sister, Kathleen Calvin and brother, Harry Gardner II.

Wayne’s family would like to acknowledge the great care and compassion the doctors and nurses of 7W (VAMC) shared with Wayne and his family, making these last two weeks as enjoyable and memorable as they could have been, Thank You!

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City is caring for Wayne’s family and his services.