LAHARPE, Ill. -- Eugene Warren "Earl J" Gard III, 65, of LaHarpe, died at 11:10 p.m. Friday (Dec. 6, 2013) in the Iowa City Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa.
Born Aug. 21, 1948, in Hannibal, Mo., he was a son of Eugene Warren and Rosalie Campfield Gard. On Aug. 31, 1996, he married E. Arleen Lovell Mowen in LaHarpe. She died Feb. 19, 2013.
He was 1966 graduate of Palmyra (Mo.) High School. He was a U.S. Navy
veteran, serving in the Vietnam War
from 1966 to 1970.
Eugene was a machinist for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. After the Burlington (Iowa) shops closed, he returned to school and earned his degree in heating and air conditioning.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge, Fraternal Order of Eagles Burlington Aerie No. 150, American Legion in Palmyra and the NRA.
He bought nothing unless it was made in the U.S. He was a go big or go home kind of guy. He and Arleen used to love to go dancing. He was an avid junker and he loved trains and collecting them. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren.
He and his twin sister, Patty Hess, his aunt Susan Gard Ahland, and his first born grandson, Keshawn Boyd, all shared an Aug. 21 birth date.
Survivors include two daughters, Stephanie (Ben Ralph) McEntee of Niota and Amanda (Marcus) Twillie of West Burlington, Iowa; a son, Jeremy Gard of Burlington, Iowa; a brother, Bob (Sherry) Gard of Palmyra, Mo.; four sisters, his twin, Patty (Bill) Hess of Palmyra, Mo., Peggy (Don) Mayfield of Quincy, Teresa "Terry" (Richard L.) Conner of Palmyra, Mo., and Mary (Barbara Mocking) Gard of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Sidney, Liam and Libby McEntee, Keshawn Boyd, Deven Meyers, Shawn Meyers and Kobe Twillie; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents.
SERVICES: A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in the American Legion in Palmyra, with Pastor Ephriam Twillie conducting. Cremation rites have been accorded.
MEMORIALS: Wounded Warrior Project.
ARRANGEMENTS: Thielen Funeral Home and Crematory, Burlington, Iowa.