Virgil Gardner

Virgil Gardner of Granbury, 86, passed away to our heavenly Father on March 8, 2014.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Virgil was born to Leo and Pauline Gardner in Prairieburg, Iowa. He worked as a farm helper all through his early life until he became an usher at the local Moore Theater, as well as setting bowling pens and attending school. At the age of 16 he enlisted into the service.

He drove semi-trucks over the road for 40 years winning several awards for safety driving and truck rodeos. He later moved to Giddings, Texas, working with the oil fields in 1980.

He married his sweetheart on Dec. 6, 1983 in Kaufman County, they leased a marina in Seven Points, Texas and moved to Granbury, Texas and began Triple A Mobile Home Service in 1984.

As an avid bowler he won many awards and recognitions. He enjoyed raising three children, five grandchildren and never met a stranger. He was known for his laugh and outgoing personality.

Survivors: wife, Pauletta (Polly) Gardner of 30 years; children, Theresa Gardner and Jeff Owen; one sister, Thelma Morris; grandchildren, Stacey, Shelly, Joddi, Brad, Triston and Jesse. Beloved friends, Shawna, Mike, Chad, Joe, Becky, James, Evelyn, Bob, Nita, Gena, Renee and Erma.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Bob, daughter, Tammie Derickson; and son, Craig Gardner.

Martin’s Funeral Home made arrangements.