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Earl G. Gardner

June 14, 1921 May 29, 2011
Earl G. Gardner
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Earl G. Gardner of Colchester passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2011 after a brief illness.
He was born on June 14, 1921 in West Wyoming, PA to Reuben and Ethel (Posten) Gardner.  During the Great Depression he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps in the American Southwest.  He proudly served with the United States Marines in the South Pacific during WW2.  On May 28, 1949, he married Theresa D. (Dumas) Gardner and they spent the next 58 years together until her passing in 2007.  Earl and Theresa raised their family in Columbia, CT.  He enjoyed golfing, bowling, camping, and was involved with the Columbia Canoe Club.  After retiring from Pratt and Witney Aircraft in East Hartford, Earl and Theresa spent much of their later years traveling all over the United States and Mexico, and they lived for a few years in Zephyrhills FL before returning to CT.
Earl was also predeceased by his son, Bruce E. Gardner, formally of Ashford, CT, and by 3 brothers and 4 sisters.
Earl is survived by brother Alton Gardner of Enfield; sister Marge Holub of PA; his daughter Cheryle Billian and her husband Skip of Plainville; daughter Lesley Gardner and her boyfriend Tim McComiskey of Norwich; daughter-in-law Linda Scanlon of Ashford; grandchildren: Aubry Aube of Shelton; Cryptological Technician First Class Scott Gardner Bettencourt USN of Norfolk, VA; Nichole Gardner of Ashford; and Nicole McComiskey of Norwich.  He is also survived by three great-grandchildren Tye Bettencourt; Jackson Aube; and James Bettencourt.
Arrangements are being handled by Bacon Funeral Home in Willimantic.  There are no calling hours.  There will be a graveside service at the West Street Cemetery, Lake Road, Columbia on Friday, June 3rd at 12 noon.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made to the American Heart Association.

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