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Mack E. Gardner, 82, of Geneseo, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the Unity Point Health-Trinity Rock Island. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, November 3rd, at St. Malachy Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Visitation will be held Thursday, November 2nd, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Mack Gardner Memorial Fund.


Mack was born on March 5th, 1935, the son of Samuel and Marjorie (Wade) Gardner, in Scotland, Arkansas. He married Bernadine C. Oberstar on April 21, 1956 in Seattle, Washington. Mack worked as the superintendent of the FAB Division at the former Illini Beef in Joslin, IL, and then as the superintendent for Superior Pack in Dixon, CA. He retired in 1989. Mack was a member of the Knights of Columbus to the 4th Degree, and a member of the Geneseo Moose Lodge #990. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, and gardening. Mack is a veteran of the United States Navy.


Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Bernadine, and his sons, Glenn (Dianne) Gardner, Everett, WA, Frank (Cheryl) Gardner, Zionsville, IN, and Jerry (Evie) Gardner, Geneseo, IL. His seven grandchildren are, Heidi, Korey, Jeremy, Ben, Logan, Cole, and Paige. Mack is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Archer and Jude. His brothers are Bill Gardner, AK, and Wade Gardner, MO.


Mack was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Marjorie, two sisters, and two brothers.




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