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age 90, of Gilmore died at 12:45 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013 in Schoenbrunn Health Care Facility, New Philadelphia, Ohio. He was born Sept. 13, 1922 near Tippecanoe, a son of the late Luther Oliver Gardner and Ethel Grace Swaim Gardner. Jacob was a 1943 graduate of Uhrichsville High School and a United States Army Veteran of World War II. He served with the Battery B 195th Anti Aircraft Artillery Battalion and 2nd Armored Division. He was a decorated war hero that shot down German planes. They were known as "Hell on Wheels." He retired after thirty-eight years of firing kilns for Superior Clay of Uhrichsville. He was a hard worker and also was a farmer. He was a life member of Mt. Caramel United Methodist Church and the former West Chester Grange. Jacob enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, and gardening. He also loved to read, especially Zane Grey novels. He enjoyed telling stories and jokes to family and friends. He was the recipient of the Uhrichsville courteous and safe driving award. His wife of twenty-four years, Wilda May Chandler Gardner, died Dec. 18, 1972. They were married July 27, 1948.
Surviving are a son, Ray (Julie) Gardner of Port Washington; two daughters, Theda (John) Boyd of Phoenix, Ariz., and Veda Helsel of Port Washington; four grandchildren, Jeremy Helsel, Danielle Ferguson, Jesse Boyd, and Jay Boyd; and three great-grandchildren, Aidan Boyd, Colin Boyd, and Anthony Greiner. In addition to his parents and wife, Jacob was preceded in death by two brothers, Lloyd Gardner and Harry Gardner; and his companion, Fontella "Tilly" House who died in 2000.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home in Dennison. Burial with military services by the Newcomerstown Veteran Honor Guard will follow in Gnadenhutten Clay Union Cemetery, Gnadenhutten. Visitation will be held in the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home in Dennison on Monday, March 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Tuscarawas. Koch Funeral Home LLC of Gnadenhutten, which facility is currently under renovations, handled the arrangements.
Published in The Times Reporter on Mar. 3, 2013