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George Gardner Obituary

Gardner, George T., age 69, Senior Minister for Unity Church of Wichita, died Thursday, October 21, 2004. Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 30, 2004, at the Orpheum Theatre, with a reception scheduled from 1:30 to 4 p.m., at Botanica, the Wichita Gardens. Gardner graduated in 1957 from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, with a B.A. in Sociology and Radio/Television. Following graduation in 1960, he attended the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, where he earned a Masters of Divinity degree. In 2002, he earned his Doctor of Divinity degree from the University of Creation Spirituality, Oakland, CA. His careen began as associate minister at East Heights United Methodist Church from 1960 to 1962. He also served as senior minister for: Andover United Methodist Church, 1962 to 1966; West Heights United Methodist Church, 1966-1976; Flint Hills Parish including Cedar Vale, Granola and Wauneta United Methodist Churches, 1976-1979; First United Methodist Church of Winfield, 1979-1986; College Hill United Methodist Church, 1986-2002; and the Unity Church of Wichita, 2002-2004. He was well known in the 1960s and 70s as a local talk show host for "The Wallpaper Session" for then KLEO radio, as well as hosting numerous public affairs programs for KAKE-TV, both in Wichita. In addition, the Reverend Dr. Gardner was active in several social issues including civil rights, women's reproductive freedom, and post-polio syndrome. Additionally, Gardner was actively involved in local, regional and national politics. Survivors include his mother, Eula D. York of Minneapolis, KS; daughter, Rebecca L. Gardner and daughter-in-law, Susannah Carney of New York, NY; daughter Jennifer A. Love and grandson, Zachary T. Love, of Prairie Village, KS; fiancee, Shari Bevan, of Wichita, KS; and his beloved dog, "Phiffie". Memorials have been established with the Unity Church of Wichita, 2160 N. Oliver, Wichita, KS, 67208; Craig Home Care, 624 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS, 67202; and ProKanDo, P.O. Box 8249, Wichita, KS 67208, Tributes may be sent to the family at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East at www.downingand
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Published in the Wichita Eagle from 10/24/2004 - 10/28/2004

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God brought George into my life in 1970 after my son Parker was born. Diana and I decided to move from our country home into Wichita in order to find a church to raise our son in. The first church
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