James Richard (Dick) Gardner
James Richard (Dick) Gardner; loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away on Saturday October 29, 2016 at home. He was married to his lovely wife Lorrie Gardner for 68 years. He is survived by his 3 children – John Gardner of Atascadero, CA, Ellen Kenoss of Santa Barbara, CA, and Ken Gardner of Lancaster, CA; his 6 grandchildren – Carly Romani, Christa Ormonde, Holly Hepburn, Timothy Gardner, Sean Kenoss and Andrew Kenoss; and 6 great-grandchildren – McKenzie St. Peter, Massimo Romani, David Ormonde, Ben Ormonde, James Gardner and Kennedy Gardner.
Dick Gardner was born in Washington, Iowa on September 4, 1924. He was active in numerous community activities including Kiwanis, the Masonic Lodge and his local church. Dick was a World War II veteran, having enlisted in January 1944. He was sworn in at Des Moines, IA, and was shipped to Ft. McEllan, Alabama for basic training. He left for France on the first of October 1944 and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Dick’s career included Swift & Company, Ott’s Hardware, and Motel 6 Corporate.
A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Santa Barbara at 305 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, (805) 963-3579 on Thursday November 17th, 2016 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, (805) 324-7711 / www.vnhcsb.org and/or First United Methodist Church of Santa Barbara.
Dick will be lovingly remembered for his integrity, thoughtfulness, and devotion to his family.