Harry G. Gardner
Harry Gerald Gardner, 78, passed away after a short and courageous battle with cancer on January 31, 2021. He was born on February 19, 1942 at Jennie Edmundsen Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the son of Mark and Dorothy Rhoades Gardner. He grew up in Oakland, Iowa and graduated from high school and joined the Army National Guard. Harry farmed for 50 years in Oakland, growing corn and soybeans and raising and feeding cattle on his farm. He was very diligent and meticulous in his work and always keeping the farm looking picturesque. His big passion in life was hunting and fishing. He traveled to four Canadian Provinces, and Montana, South Dakota, Colorado, Alaska, and Wyoming for many of his trips. Many years were spent at the Gardner cabin on Eagle Lake, Ontario, Canada where many adventures were told of all the fish they caught and lots of shore lunches. Harry had many life-long friends which he continued to stay in contact with. Harry belonged to the Rocky Mountain Elks Foundation, Duck Unlimited, and the NRA.He was an expert shot and his last hunt was for the Bull Bison in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and it was a huge success. Harry enjoyed reading about all the Indian culture and the wars fought in Wyoming and Montana. He loved reading about the Civil War, since his Grandfather, Isaac Newton Gardner, fought in it, along with his four brothers, and they all survived. Harry was a true and honorable gentleman with a very kind heart and would help anyone in need; being a flat tire, stuck in the mud, chopping wood, fixing fence and the list goes on and on. Everyone in farm country knew how strong Harry was and his brother, James, would always get him in arm wrestling competitions because, he knew, Harry would win and lots of bets won!! Harry and Lou Ann were married in 1995 and along with that union were four boys; Jacob, J. Tyler, John, and J. H. Wyatt. Harry was instrumental in guiding and teaching many skills to all the boys and they all love to fish and know how to care for their rifles and keep them in tip top shape. He was a strong supporter of all the boys and their many activities growing up. Between changing oil in their vehicles to shooting and cleaning a buck deer, many lessons were learned. Harry, when moving to Wyoming in 2000, has fished all over and especially Lake DeSmet, outside Sheridan. He also made many trips to South Dakota for his annual cat fish adventure and coming back with all the fish you could ever imagine. Traveling up Red Grade, to the cabin, in the Big Horns was always fun and exciting since no two trips were ever the same. We had a black bear at the cabin many times over this last summer, so we had to be very vigilant, as not to walk up to porch, and see the bear sitting in its favorite red chair. Many stories were told around the campfire and feeling very grateful, that the beauty which surrounded us all, was a true blessing. Harry is preceded in death by his parents, Mark and Dorothy; and beloved sister, Emilie Gardner Dick, and brother, James Lewis and sister-in-law, Janice Gardner. He is survived by, his wife, Lou Ann and sons, Jacob, Tyler, John, and Wyatt; his four grandchildren; Ella, Halle, Briggs and Lewi; brother Mark from Oakland and his brother-in-law, Richard Dick, niece, Kristi Dick Madsen and family and nephew, Doug Dick and family. Cremation has taken place and a private memorial will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to a charity of your choice.Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.