Richard "Rick" Gardner, 60, of Catawba Island, passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, after a courageous two-year battle with esophageal cancer..
Richard was born May 15, 1947, in Toledo, to Charles William and Barbara (Arnold) Gardner. On Jan. 12, 1985, in Catawba Island he married Robyne E. (Snyder) and she survives. He was a 1966 graduate of Macomber High School in Toledo.
He served his apprenticeship and worked as a journeyman and die cast die maker at Doehler-Jarvis Inc. He was a die cast die maker leader at the Ford Sandusky Plastics plant for 30 years retiring Dec. 1, 2007. Richard was a 30-year member of the UAW Local 1216. He was an active member of the Black Swamp Air Force Kite Club of Toledo, the Ohio Society for the Elevation of Kites, Cleveland, and the American Kitefliers Association.
A nationally ranked masters class sport kite flyer for many years, one of his proudest accomplishments was the Olan Turner Award. This award was given for excellence and his contribution to the sport. Richard also loved kayaking, fly fishing and glass bead making.
Survivors include his wife, Robyne E. Gardner of Port Clinton; sons, Todd A. (Crystal) Gardner of Castalia and Steve (Rosie) Nagy of Oregon, Ohio; daughter, Tara A. (Julianna) of Vista, Calif.; brothers, Douglas Gardner of West Palm Beach, Fla., Gary (Mildred) Gardner of Point Place, Ohio, and David (Donna) Gardner of Joshua, Texas; five grandchildren, Jack and Jay Nagy and Emmy, Elijah and Caleb Gardner; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home, Port Clinton, where funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Back to the Wild, 4504 Bardshar Road, P.O. Box 423, Castalia, OH 44824.
Condolences may be shared with the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com.