William Dale Gardner



William Dale Gardner, 66, of Curtice, Ohio, died Tuesday afternoon, August 27, 2013, at the Lutheran Home at Toledo. He was born January 30, 1947, in Leavenworth, Kansas, to William D. and Alice E. (Bennett) Gardner. On June 30, 1990, in Honolulu, Hawaii, he married Elaine A. Traver and she survives. Dale worked in sales for travel and insurance. He and his wife owned and operated "We Travel" and "ITAS, Inc." Dale served and was honorably discharged as Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and 1st Reconnaissance Platoon Commander, having received two Purple Heart medals from injuries at the Republic of Vietnam on October 11, 1970, and the Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 stars, the Navy Unit Commendation, and the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with palm. He also competed and won awards in archery.

In addition to his wife, Elaine, Dale is survived by his stepdaughter, Allison (Nick) Woods of Port Clinton. Also surviving are children, Tricia Vogelsang, Jennifer Walker, Nicole Peil, Rebecca Carson, Joseph Gardner, Anna Gardner and Elizabeth Gardner; in-laws, Darryl and Diane Traver; sisters-in-law, Rose McKee and Karen Traver; niece, Kristen McKee, and nephews, Kurt McKee, Nick and Tyler Traver. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers-in-law, Greg McKee and Bruce Traver.

According to Dale's wishes, there will be no services. Memorials may be directed to Safe In The Shade, Melanoma Foundation, 1465 Vine St., Millbury, OH 43447;


or the Allen-Clay Joint Fire Dist. #1, P.O. Box 154, Williston, OH 43468. The Robinson-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory of Genoa has assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared by visiting


Funeral Home

Robinson Walker Funeral Home & Crematory
501 West Street Genoa, OH 43430
(419) 855-4010

Published in Toledo Blade on Sept. 2, 2013