Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 17, 2013

Robert 'Bob' Charles Gardner

TRAVERSE CITY — Robert C. Gardner, 93, of Traverse City, formerly of Grand Rapids, passed away Feb. 15, 2013, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions Rehab Unit with his daughter, Tracy by his side.

Robert was born on Feb. 3, 1920, in Grand Rapids, to the late Lorne J. and Ada (Holmes) Gardner. On Sept. 13, 1940, Bob married Virginia R. Meyer, who preceded him in death in 2002.

Bob served our country honorably from 1942 to 1946 as a member of the United States Army in World War II.

Bob was an engineer for 35 years at Lear Sieglar Inc., which is now known as Smith Industries.

In his spare time he enjoyed golfing. He had two hole-in-ones, the second when he was 84. He and Virginia loved vacationing in Florida and spent several winters there following his retirement. Bob also enjoyed playing bridge with the “couples gang.”

Throughout his life he enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He was an excellent provider for his family. He was an outstanding husband, father and grandfather and was known as “Grandpa” by those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Tracy (Fred) Truschke, of Traverse City, and Janet (Tom) K. Locke, of St. Anne, Ill.; son, Jack Gardner, of Empire; grandchildren, Ryan Truschke, Lauren Truschke, Randy (Tara) Welch and Megan Fieleke; and five great-grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; wife; siblings, Annie Simpson, Lorne Garnder and William Gardner; and grandson, John Locke.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at 5 p.m., with visitation beginning one hour prior, at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Military honors will be provided by Cherryland VFW Post #2780. Bob and Virginia will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery at Oakwood in Grand Rapids at a later date.

Please visit to share your thoughts and memories with the family.

The family is being served by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.



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