Mr. Ferdinand D. Gardner

Obituary for Mr. Ferdinand D. Gardner

December 14, 1912 - January 11, 2013
Avon Lake, Ohio | Age 100

Loving husband, Devoted father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather


Ferdinand D. "Tubby" Gardner, age 100, of Avon Lake, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2013 surrounded by family members. He was born on December 14, 1912 in Pittsburgh, PA. He was raised in Lakewood, OH and graduated from Lakewood High School. He was a successful Golden Gloves boxer, promising professional golfer, and a paratrooper in the Army with the 101st Airborne Division where he was awarded a Purple Heart. He was known as the "Little Lieutenant" in the Army and was a coach of the United States Army boxing team while in Europe. Ferd retired from the Internal Revenue Service after serving 45 years in the Cleveland, Lorain, and Mansfield areas. Survivors include his loving wife of 70 years, Fern Gardner (nee Smith); four children; Barbara Yencho (John), Susan Pentz (Jeff), Bruce (Robin), and Robert (Lynn); 11 grandchildren; Jennifer, Bryan, David, Jeremiah, Jonah, Brett, Brandon, Michelle, Melanie, Andrew, and Daniel; 11 great-grandchildren; J.T., Elizabeth, Olivia, Savannah, Camden, Breanna, Makenzie, Madison, Carter, Brady, and Miles. Preceded in death by parents; Julius and Olga Gardner (Dingerson); four sisters and three brothers; Lois Hofer, Marie Renner, Olga Louise Lang, infant sister Louise, Julius, Carl, and Albert Gardner. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 15, from 1-2pm at the Busch Funeral Home, 32000 Detroit Road, Avon. Funeral service by Rev. Darrell Deer of College Hts. Baptist Church in Elyria, will follow at 2pm at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Resthaven Memory Garden, 3700 Center Road, Avon with military honors. For more information or to send an online condolence visit

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