Charles Joseph Gardner Sr., known by most as “Blackie”, aged 87, was surrounded by his loving family as he went to his Heavenly Home on Thursday, September 8, 2011, after a brief illness. Blackie was born December 5, 1923 in Oregon. He spent most of his working days as a long haul truck driver being a member of the Teamsters Local Union, but will be remembered best for his life of service to others. Blackie served his country during World War II; was a member of the Newaygo VFW Post #4249, the American Legion and the DAV, was a volunteer Fireman for Casnovia Fire Department, was a Shriner to help crippled children, served his community by holding various positions for the Village of Casnovia, by performing in the Shrine Circus and local parades as “Cazzie the clown”, being one of Santa’s helpers at Christmas and most importantly was a servant to his Lord by his years of hard work at Snow Bible Church, Spurgeon Bible College in Florida and by his support of Missionaries around the world.
Blackie went to join his daughter Vickie, His baby son and his son in law Gordon Harrison. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Arlene (Cone), his children Tara Harrison and Joe & Keely Gardner, his grandchildren Wendy & Duane Watson, Brad & Camille Harrison, Shannon & Nathan Thompson, CJ & Cait Gardner, Jacob Gardner & Morgan Gardner, 8 great grandchildren, brother Norman & Ravella Gardner, sisters Enola Howell, Dorothy & Bob Hobdy and several nieces and nephews and many friends.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, September 12, 2011 at the Kent City Baptist Church with Pastor Don Long officiating. Visitation will be held 2-4 & 7-9 Sunday, September 11, 2011 at the McKinley Funeral Home in Grant and one hour prior to the services at the church. Private family graveside services will be in the Seaman Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of the Newaygo VFW Post #4249 at a later date. For Memorials please consider the Spectrum Health Hospice and/or Multiple Sclerosis. Please leave condolences at www.mckinleyfuneral.com.
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