Howard J. Gardner

Howard J. Gardner

Friday, October 29th, 1943 - Sunday, May 31st, 2020
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Obituary

Howard J. Gardner of Holland, NY passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at his residence at the age of 76.

He was born October 29, 1943 in Buffalo, NY a son of the late Howard and Kathleen (Oertly) Gardner. He was a United States Air Force Vietnam War Veteran and served from 1964 - 1968. He was also a member and past Post Commander of the Holland American Legion, a 40 year member and past President of the Holland Fire Department, a member of the East Aurora Moose Lodge 370, a lifetime member of the Holland Rod and Gun Club, as well as a member of the Arcade Senior citizens along with other Senior citizens organizations. He was a volunteer Meals on Wheels delivery driver right up until the start of the COVID-19 crisis. Howard was also a lifetime member of the Holland United Methodist Church, was an avid Buffalo Sabres fan and enjoyed playing cards

He was a clerk for Norfolk Southern in Buffalo.

Howard is survived by his wife: Rebecca (Snow) Gardner whom he married September 20, 1969 in Buffalo, NY; his children: Christopher (Theresa) Gardner of Tonawanda and Ann (Ben) Driver of Arcade; his grandchildren: Allyson Gardner of Tonawanda, Trey Driver of Arcade, Nicolas Driver of Arcade; his siblings: Lois (Wayne) Priester of Machias, Charles (Sharon) Gardner of Machias; his brother-in-law: Freeman Snow of Glenwood as well as several nieces, nephews and his furry companion, Midnight.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

There will be no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be held in Holland Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Holland Fire Department, 49 S. Main St, Holland, NY 14080, the Holland United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 52. Holland, NY 14080 or Hospice Buffalo, Inc., 225 Como Park Blvd, Cheektowaga, NY 14227.
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  • Interment

    Location
    Holland Cemetery
    Address
    HOLLAND, NY 14080
    Notes
    There will be no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Private Condolence
JA

James Alpin

Posted at 10:12am
Howard, we will miss seeing you accompany your beloved pal, Midnight, to his doctor appointments. Our sympathies to all who will miss him. Dr. Songster and the staff at Pioneer Paws
KL

Kathy Lemke

Posted at 10:54pm
Becky, Chris, and Ann. My sincere condolence to all at this difficult time. Our Mary went to school with Chris and Ann was my favorite young person to work with at Ames. (Ann your still young to me!) And I saw you and Howie at the Heart Center not too long ago. Your faith, family, friends and memories will get you though this time or grief. Remember to take care of yourself too.
In Sincere Sympathy, Kathy Lemke
GT

Gary Tillinghast

Posted at 08:36pm
Thanks Howie for your friendship over the years. Dick and my Mom will miss you at cards. How our lives have been churned after March 9, 1982. We all were blessed to survive. Beck and family, We will shurely miss his wit and attendance at the Fireman's banquet and the fall stag party. He can now direct God's fire crew. God Bless, Gary and Margo Tillinghast
BW

BOB STURM & MILLE WILK

Posted at 10:04am
DEAR BECKY & THE GARDNER FAMILY:
OUR MOST HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES ON THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE - HOWARD. WE WILL MISS HIM AT EUCHRE.
YOU SHALL BE IN OUR THOUGHTS & PRAYERS AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME. LOVE BOB & 'MILLE
SN

Scott Neischel

Posted at 06:01pm
I salute my American Legion Commander and friend one final time and say "well done good and faithful servant". May God love and receive you. My condolences to Becky, Chris, Ann, and the grandkids. Howard was a friend to our family and he always asked me how I was doing in the Air Force/Air Guard when I would visit. He loved those Cleveland Indians who let him down time and time again. He would tease my Mom and I for being Yankees fans for as long I can remember. He always got my Mom riled up which brought him great satisfaction. Here's hoping the Indians win a World Series for Howard someday. Rest in peace my friend.
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