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Gardner, Robert D.

Gardner, Robert D.

October 9, 1938 — October 10, 2022

Robert Dean Gardner, 84, of Raytown, MO., passed away peacefully on Oct. 10, 2022, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. Services will be held Friday, Oct. 14 at Graceway Church. Donations may be made to the Special Olympics or the Alzheimer’s Association. Known to friends and family as Dean or Pops, he was born on Oct. 9, 1938, in Windsor, MO. to Russell and Dorothy Gardner. Following his graduation from Windsor High School in 1956, Dean worked for the U.S. Postal Service and served as a radar operator in the United States Army. After his discharge and time with the USPS, Dean went to work for Armco/Wire Rope Corporation; the company he would later retire from. Known as an avid fisherman, he loved angling for crappie at Truman Lake and rooting for his Kansas City Chiefs. Dean was a longtime member of Graceway Church and volunteered on the grounds crew. He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Zonnie Gardner; children include Matthew (Allison) Gardner of Liberty, MO; Mia (Kenny) Scherer of Hutchinson, KS, and Mindy (Keith) Flick of Paris, MO. He also leaves behind five loving grandchildren, Mason, Madeline, Carson, Kennedy, and Wilson Dean.

Service Information

Services will be held Friday, Oct. 14 at Graceway Church

Gardner, Robert D.'s Guestbook

Prayers and condolences to you Matt and the rest of your Gardner family. Your Dad lived a great and in powering life that is be cherished. Take Care, our thoughts are with you and your family. Dan, Bev, Matt & Ashley, JP and Olivia.

Dan Burke

So very sorry to hear about Dean. So many great stories growing up around the Gardners. Old Volvo rides and Tom’s Greens and things ect,ect,ect. Great times indeed! Prayers for you guys.

Todd Harrell

Dear Zonnie and family: Sending love and sympathy to you at this time, and in the weeks ahead. Windsor friends and the wonderful memories are so precious.

Annetta Kirkpatrick

I am so sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. The Gardner family were wonderful neighbors to my parents for many years. My sympathy to all of you.

Judy Harker Maher

RIP DEAN you will be miss by many


We are so sorry for the lost of your loved one. Thankful for a lot of good memories of him. Keeping all of you in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

Bill Gardner

Dean was an amazing father and I am sure grandfather. His love for his children and energy he put into his family was clear and present even though I was a young boy the last time I saw him. I’m sure he will be beyond missed and will be praying for the family. Matt hang in there my long time friend. Be strong for the family. God bless you all.

Jason Shepard

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