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George H. Gard Jr.


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George H. Gard Jr. Obituary
Gard Jr., George H.

George H. Gard Jr., age 86, of Stevens Point, died October 4, 2016 at St. Clare's Hospital in Weston, WI.

George was born February 21, 1930 to Donald & Avida (Himmel) Gard in Lebanon, MO. At the age of 2, following his mother's death, George moved to Fergus Falls, MN to live with his grandparents, George & Julia Gard. He attended the local schools there and graduated from Washington High School in 1948.

He enlisted in U.S. Army on January 16, 1951, served as a Supply Sergeant in Korea and was honorably discharged on September 21, 1952. Following his service, George attended North Dakota State University. He graduated in 1957 with a major in Zoology and minors in Botany and Entomology.

George married Elaine Way on May 24, 1953 at Congregational Church in Hancock, MN. They were happily married for 63 years.

George became employed as a Biologist with the Department of Interior in the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He also designed and illustrated several Federal Publications. In 1981, George retired after assisting Wildlife Refuges in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Michigan and being involved in the Wetlands Program in Fergus Falls, MN and Stevens Point, WI.

George will be remembered for his patience and wonderful sense of humor. Following retirement, his love for art continued where he taught several art classes in his free time. Every fall for about 10 years, he taught a two week art course at Elder Hostel in Northern WI owned by UW-Stevens Point. He spent 20 plus years working on projects that involved portraits of inductees into the WI Conservation Hall of Fame and portrait posters of chairpersons for United Way. George also had a love for music playing various instruments for 30 years with the Grenadier Band at the Senior Center. He also enjoyed running, walking, snorkeling, reading, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by wife, Elaine; children, Paul (Brenda) Gard of Waupaca, Gail (Dave) Custer of Faribault, MN, and Linda (Paul) Hammerschmidt of Custer; grandchildren, Niles (Erica), Roche (Tara), Vince, Nick (Nasia), Rachel, Scott (Whitney), Kristopher, Christy, and Alyssa. He is further survived by 6 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, and 2 sisters.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and 1 sister.

A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, October, 7, 2016 at Boston Funeral Home. A time of visitation will be held on Friday from 12 Noon until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Georges' name to the . Online condolences may be made to www.bostonfuneralhome.net.
Published in Stevens Point Journal on Oct. 6, 2016
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