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AMARILLO, Texas â€” Wendell W. Gardner, 86, of Amarillo died Sept. 16, 2011.
He was born Feb. 6, 1925, in Blackfoot.
Wendell was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was known to be a very gentle and honest man and as the best handyman in the world. Some might even say he was the best little Energizer bunny. Wendell served his country in World War II, serving in the U.S. Army during the Phillipine Theatre. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a mission for the church in Missouri. Wendell was also a farmer, and a government employee working for Pantex.
Survivors include his wife Patt; daughters Pam Gardner of Eugene, Ore.; Ann (Gary) Harris of Provo, Utah; Leza (Joey) Palguta of Amarillo; and sons Terry Gardner of Idaho Falls; Mike (Kay) Gardner of Blackfoot; Paul of Salt Lake City; Jay (Terri) of Jerome; and Jeff (Debra) Gardner of Amarillo; 28 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and other family and friends; and a sister, Thelma Gillis of San Diego, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Barry Gardner; four siblings; and a granddaughter, Ruth Gardner.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2101 N. Coulter, with Bishop Scott Modersitzki officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 6-8 p.m.
Interment will be in Amarilloâ€™s Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Memorial Park Funeral Home.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Lost Soldier Memorial Fund.
Send online condolences to www.memorialparkamarillo.com.