MOUNT VERNON — Larry D. Gardner, 83, of Mount Vernon, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, June 12, 2017, at Brookdale of Mount Vernon. He was born Dec. 13, 1933, in Mount Vernon, the son of Harley and Lucy (Booth) Gardner.
In the early 1950s, Larry started employment with the Singer Company while still attending high school in Gambier. In September of 1963, Larry opened his first store, Gardner Sewing Center, in Mount Vernon and operated his business until his retirement in 2016. Larry was an active member of First Church of The Nazarene for the last 68 years and the Knox County RC Club where he served as treasurer. Larry was a 50-year member of Kiwanis where he boasted perfect attendance and was also an honorary member of the Mount Vernon Exchange Club. Larry was a lifelong resident of Mount Vernon. He served on city council for 10 years and in the ’60s he served as an auxiliary deputy sheriff.
He is survived by his stepchildren, Charles (Diane) Cline and Frances (Glenn) Marchal, both of Mount Vernon; a grandson, Brian (Darby Vasbinder) McDonough; a great-grandson, Cole McDonough; many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his best friends, John and Sharon Booth.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Celia (Wood) Gardner.
Friends may call Thursday, from 5-7 p.m., at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon. A funeral service will be held Friday, at 11 a.m., at the First Church of the Nazarene, 807 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. Rev. Russ Gumm will be officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene.
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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Larry D. Gardner.