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Ardell (Gerald) Warner Obituary
Ardell (Gerald) Warner passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 2, 2018 in Mackay, Idaho surrounded by his family at the age 86. He was born on September 7, 1931 in Aberdeen, Idaho to George Warner and Orveata (Corbridge) Warner.
He was the second of four children. He spent his youth in Aberdeen, until his family moved to Mackay in his teenage years. He graduated from Mackay High School in 1949. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1953-55.
He married Margaret Reay on June 7, 1958 in Leslie, Idaho. Together they had four children Terry, Shelly, Stacie, and Jim. 
Ardell was a hard worker. At a young age he worked on his family's ranch where he developed a work ethic that would stay with him throughout his lifetime.
Over his career he worked various jobs in the agriculture industry. He worked diligently as an operator for Custer County and completed his career at the state highway department. He took pride in keeping the roads safe and clean for his community, retiring in 1990. 
He was a natural inventor, and had the ability to build almost anything with very little. He was constantly working in his shop, repairing, building and creating. He had an analytical mind, and was constantly solving problems and generally helping others.
He loved animals, and was an esteemed care taker. Ardell had an interest in appaloosa horses, he owned and bred them for several years.
Animals loved him and were drawn to him. His closest and constant companions had four legs and followed him wherever he went. His love for animals had no bounds - if there was an animal in need he would tend to them. 
Ardell was happiest outdoors, he enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. Hunting in the Lost River Range was one of his greatest pleasures.
He was an active hound hunter, and a member of the Idaho Big Game Hound Hunters Association. He raised, trained, and hunted exceptional dogs over his lifetime. 
Every year he would make a trip to cut and haul firewood with his children and grandchildren. Gathering enough wood to keep the family warm through the winter was a physical and arduous task.
It was always difficult to keep up with him, and most often he did the bulk of the work. He proudly maintained this tradition every year of his life.  
He was kind, genuine, and smart. He was a loyal and caring husband, friend, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be missed dearly by all those who knew him. 
He is survived by his wife Margaret (Reay) Warner, his sisters Vonda (Bob) Bruhn, and Gennie (Don) Hodge,  his four children and their spouses: Terry (Kelsey) Warner, Shelly (Doug) Sayer, Stacie (Terry) Reynolds, and Jim (Shaina) Warner, 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his parents George Warner and Orveata (Corbridge) Warner, and his brother Vernon (Mick) Warner.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Anderson Funeral Home in Arco, Idaho.
Published in The Morning News on Jan. 5, 2018
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