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David Edward Gardner

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Gardner, David Edward, age 52, of Margate, FL entered the presence of his Lord on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at University Hospital in Tamarac, FL. He was born December 7, 1955 in Baltimore, MD, the son of George and Joan Gardner of Springfield, MO. David lived in Harmans, MD until the age of nine. His family joined Wycliffe Bible Translators as missionaries in 1965 and lived in Lomalinda, Colombia until he went to college in Texas. He studied at Dallas Bible College, SIL in Dallas and Le Tourmeau University. David married Rebecca Murk May 27, 1978 and they lived in St Charles, IL for 10 years. He started an air charter business, Gardner Express, also known as JODA Management. In 1988 David joined Mission Aviation Fellowship as a short term missionary pilot based in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. His place of residence was Margate, FL until his death. Dave continued his career in aviation most recently being employed by Mission Air International. In addition to his parents and wife, David is survived by his children Jessica (Ken) Olson of New Auburn, WI, Jewel (Jim) Hanson of Central, SC, Joshua, Jamie, Jeremiah and Joy and Joanna Gardner of Margate, FL; sister Brenda Jackson of Little Elm, TX; brothers Tom Gardner of Dayton, TN and Glenn Gardner of Springfield, MO; and grandchildren Anastasia Olson of New Auburn, WI and soon-to-be born Katherine Marie Hanson. Graveside services for David were held Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 5:00 pm in Rhea Memory Gardens in Dayton, TN. A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 7:00 pm at the Calvary Chapel in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. A memorial fund has been established for David's children c/o Rebecca Gardner, 6580 SW 7 Street, Margate, FL 33068. Please share your memories of David on his online guest register at www.vanderwallfh.com.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on Oct. 26, 2008
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