Alex H. Gardner

Alex Gardner

Alex H. Gardner, Jr., 77, of Kokomo, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020, at Northwoods Village. He was born on June 9, 1943, in Wise County, Virginia, to Alex Sr. and Montana (Shepherd) Gardner. He married Marcia Lewis on May 21, 1993, and she survives.

Alex was a graduate of Elwood High School and attended Anderson University.  He served in the United States Army, and worked for Delco-Remy in Anderson, Indian, for 33 years until his retirement in 1999. He was a member of Crossroads Community Church and the Laborers Union #662 where he was very active in both the union and the United Way in Anderson. He enjoyed music, art of any kind, and playing golf.

Alex, known by many names, including “Goose Gardner,” “Big Al,” “June Bug,” “Buddy,” and “Pap,” was a smart man who lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed working on old cars, but his passion was people. He could always be found talking with others, telling jokes and stories. He was very giving, generous, and caring, always willing to help those who needed something. Whether offering something to eat, an ear to listen, or a helping hand, he was always glad to give of himself. 

Along with his wife of 27 years, Alex is survived by his children, Karen, Lisa, and Nick Gardner; step children, Brian and Chad (Meg) Hite, and Kristina (Steve) Dutton; a sister, Marie (Dennis) Trice; and grandchildren, Shelby, Camie, Carson, Gavan, and Calista Hite, Ruth, Zoe, Alia, and Hadie Dutton.

He was preceded in death by his parents.