LeRoy Gardner Jr.
Gardner, LeRoy Jr., May 11, 1947 to September 6, 2008 LeRoy was the son of Reverend LeRoy Gardner, Sr. and Katherine A. Gardner of St. Paul, MN. He graduated from St. Paul Central High School, received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Minnesota in Counseling Psychology. After graduation he continued his professional career at the University of Minnesota. He is survived by his parents, his brother Gordon and his sister Sharon, his wife Claudia Wallace-Gardner, sons Frank and LeRoy III (Suzanna, wife), daughters Lena and Tiffanee Dunbar and seven grandchildren. Memorial Services at 1:00 p.m., Thursday September 11, 2008, Estes Funeral Chapel at 2210 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411, 612-521-6744

Published by Pioneer Press on Sep. 11, 2008.
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My deepest sympathy to LeRoy's family and friends. What a shock it was to come upon this obituary while surfing the web to see how some of my old classmates were doing. I am deeply sadden to learn this news of a classmate I so fondly remember from Marshall Junior High and St. Paul Central High School as well as the U of M. The last time we met was at one of the high school reunions when I shared a table with LeRoy, Tom Hardy, Ron Larson. Such a fun night. I know LeRoy will be greatly missed and the world is a little dimmer without his presence.
Marba (Sanders) Pogue
December 29, 2008
TO THE GARNER FAMILY:

MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO YOU ALL WITH LEROY'S PASSING, HAS GIVEN THE TWIN CITIES, A GIGANTIC LOSS OF ONE OF THE MOST NICEST, GENTLE PERSON TO EVER KNOW.

IT ALL STARTED WAY BACK WHEN LEROY SR. HAD HIS SHOP IN ST. PAUL AND HE USED TO FRY ALOT OF BROTHERS HEADS AT THE TIME WHICH MANY STORIES WERE TOLD, WATCHING HIM PLAY, DO POETRY WITH HIS KIDS, AND THE MELLOWEST TIME PLAYING GOLF AT WIRTH GOLF COURSE.

HE WAS A BRILLIANT MAN AND HIS LOSS IS FELT BY SO MANY.

GOD BLESS YOU.\

JIMMY HILL SR.
JAMES HILL SR.
October 16, 2008
Sharon, You may not remember when we worked together at Western Life, but I remember you as a dear friend. I recall meeting your brother on a few occasions and realized how close the two of you were. I was so sorry to hear that he had passed. May God keep his light upon you and your family and strengthen you in this time of sorry.

Carol Taylor
Carol Taylor
October 9, 2008
To the Family of LeRoy Gardner
We wish to express our deepest of sympathy to the family, relatives, and friends of Lee.
We were class mates at Central High School, and growing up in the neighborhood. He was a very popular person. I remember him attending a reunion party at my home, with his good friends, Tom Hardy, his cousin CarolJean Walden, and Gretta Thomas, Ethel Parks, Irvin Johnson, Eric Wood, just to name a few,those were the days.
He would always have a smile, or something to laugh about, or laugh at. He will truly be missed.
LaVera & Leon Daisy
October 4, 2008
My prayers and thoughts are with all of LeRoy's family--I recently heard of his passing, and want to express my sympathy to Claudia, Tiffanee and the entire family. When I worked in the Dean's Office in General College in the late 1980's I got to know LeRoy. He was a thoughtful man with a ready smile and a deep sense of humanity. We had many spirited discussions of life, religion, politics and education. We were blessed to have known him.
Jackie Norlander
October 3, 2008
to the gardner faimly especially leroyIII so sorry to hear about you dad we all had many fun times with him and your mom at wresting matches over the years he alway had a big smile on his face but knew what had to be done to win . and always had time for people jan and noah
noah and jan rogness
September 24, 2008
jan rogness
September 24, 2008
I was sadden to here about Leroy's passing but I was blessed to know him. He not only was a great basketball player but a great person. I enjoyed each time we talked. My condolences to the family.
George Clabon
September 22, 2008
I, too, am one of those blessed for having had LeRoy pass through my life. Knowing LeRoy for many years before, we became good friends while attending the U. I considered him as one of my best friends and will always cherish his supportive friendship. I have never met a more real or honest person. LeRoy, thank you for being a part of my life.
Sondrea (Laurie) Rein
September 20, 2008
MR LEROY WAS A VERY EXCITING PERSON, HE WAS REAL AND TO THE POINT. I LOVED MEETING HIM AND HIS WONDERFUL WIFE, HE WILL BE TRULY MISSED. GOD BLESS
BRENDA RICHARDSON
September 19, 2008
We are so saddened by LeRoy's death. We so enjoyed him, both as a friend and as a customer at our store. He had a a wonderful sense of humor, and Fred enjoyed his golf outings with him. He was a dedicated professor, father and friend, and will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure to know him.
Fred & Caryn Goldberg
September 15, 2008
My heart felt condolences to the parents, siblings, wife Claudia and children of LeRoy Gardner. I have very fond memories of deep and philosophical conversations with LeRoy that I will always cherish.
Anna Wooten/Fader
September 14, 2008
LeRoy was my financial aid counselor at the U in the early '70s. He became a great friend. I knew 'Reverend LeRoy' well, worked for him a while at a center. He had the funnest, happiest, sincerest church in town. Family, I am sorry you (we) have lost LeRoy. Many will miss his good works. Peace to you.
Mazi Johnson
September 13, 2008
This has been a difficult week for so many of us who knew LeRoy. He was a great man who dedicated his life to his family and his students. I know that I am a much stronger person for having known him and discussed the many ways we can impact the world through our teaching. He is one person who made a difference in my life and the lives of so many students and colleagues at the University of Minnesota.

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Jill T.
September 13, 2008
Frank:

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If you need anything just call me. So sorry for your loss. Lisa Washington
Lisa WASHINGTON
September 12, 2008
I am saddened to hear about the passing of Mr. Gardner. I admired him very much, he was like a father to me.

I remember a time when we were on the steps of Appleby Hall. I told him that I was not comfortable calling him "Leroy", It's always been hard for me to call my elders by their first name and he resembled an Oromo elder. He always took the time to guide, listen and advise people. So I told him that I found him a perfect Oromo name Abba Gadaa.

Gadaa is a democratic system that governed the social, political and economic order of the Oromo people. It is a symbol of unity and love. Abba Gadaa means leader/president of the Gadaa. Abba Gadaa (Mr. Gardner) was a teacher, advisor, leader, father and friend for many and will be missed dearly.

Your legacy will continue through the lives you have touched. May your soul Rest In Peace...Abbaa Gadaa. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Arfasse G
September 12, 2008
My sympathy to all the Gardner families. I have started to read the obituaries as I am a contemporary of LeRoy's. I went through both Marshall Jr. and Central High with him. He was a nice guy and smart. In one of our classes taught by Mr. Engebritsen at Marshall, the boys were always challenging the girls in multiplication table competitions. LeRoy and I always managed to be the last of our specific genders to compete against each other. It is not surprising that he went into the field he did. He was truly a "good" guy and I was saddened to learn of his death. The Class of '65 had 750 kids graduating from Central. He and Tom Hardy, Ron Larson and others helped put Central basketball on the map that year. Our 50th Reunion will be in 2015 -- still 7 years away. LeRoy will be missed by me personally. With sympathy . . .
Eudice (Edie) Naiman
September 12, 2008
My condolences to the Gardner family, Leroy was a great individual who was always willing to help anyone in need. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Nancy Brady
September 12, 2008
I graduated with LeRoy in 1965 from Central....I was a student from Wilson and because our school turned into a junior-high in 1965, our student body had to transfer to Central. LeRoy was so welcoming to all the Wilson students and he and I became very good friends our senior year. I have fond memories of watching him play basketball, going out for pizza after the game, being partners in chemistry class. He was the one person I wanted to see when we had our 10 yr reunion in 1975.

I was so sorry to learn of his early death. My thoughts/prayers are with his family - sounds like he had a wonderful, full life, with his family and career, but it ended too soon. May his family take comfort in all of your good memories of him............Lois Isaacson
Lois Isaacson
September 12, 2008
I was a student-athlete at the University of Minnesota where I attended classes in General College and also where I met Mr. Leroy Gardner Jr. We met one another on the steps outside of G.C., where we had a long and meaningful conversation about life and also being a student-athlete at Minnesota. From there on, we would constantly run into each other have our conversations, even after I transferred out of Gen. College. He was the type of person that made sure you had a smile on your face, even if he didn’t know you. You will truly be missed.

P.S.: I’m sorry that I couldn’t be there to say, “Goodbye.”

My prayers go out to you and the Gardner family.
Johnathan Richmond
September 12, 2008
Leroy was one of my idols as I was growing up. I loved to watch him play basketball.

Mike Richardson, St. Paul
mike richardson
September 11, 2008
I attended the University of MN and took a multicultural relations course from LeRoy. Oh those papers each week! I learned so much from him and had the honor of serving as his teaching assistant for a time. He had such a passion for teaching and teaching his students how to do things correct. I owe a lot of my current success to LeRoy. I know that he affected the lives of everyone he came in contact with and will be greatly missed. May his memory be eternal!
Leslie Gnetz
September 11, 2008
My prayers go out to the Gardner family,for the loss of Leroy.I grew up watching Leroy play ball and playing against him,he always brought out the best in you whether it was on the court or in life. I will miss the big guy.
Russell Taylor
September 11, 2008
Dear Gardner family, Our hearts and prayers go out to you in the loss of your dear LeRoy. May God comfort you, and support you with His mighty right hand.

We are friends of Pastor LeRoy Gardner, and would like to contact him, but do not have his current address.
Our most sincere sympathy & love in Christ our Lord.
Tom & Darlene Tibbetts
September 11, 2008
In 1963 my father had a dear friend named Buddy Lilliquist who was a Big 10 basketball official. One night Buddy stopped at the house to see Dad. "I am on my way over to Central to referee a game and I think you should come with me. They have a sophomore whose biggest problem is that he keeps hitting his elbows on the rim". That was the first time I ever heard the name LeRoy Gardner. Since that day I had many enjoyable opportunities to watch LeRoy play and a couple of not so enjoyable opportunities to play against him. He was a great player and a very good guy.
Dick
September 11, 2008
I still remember Leroy as being one of the toughest professor's in General College at the U of M. He was so serious about being a teacher, and academic advisor. When I was struggling in school, I'd always aked for his help, and he would always give me an honest response to improve my study habits. People such as Leory are the true educators of our time and will be truly missed for his long contributions to education. May you rest in peace Leroy Gardner.
Kou Vang
September 11, 2008
Claudia, Carter and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We have wonderful memories of LeRoy and the fun times we had when our families got together. Hang on to the memories during this time.
Carter and Norma
Norma Ellis
September 11, 2008
I used to live down the street from
Leroy. he used to force me to Run to high school with him. it was great. I will miss him.
Walter Hayes
September 11, 2008
my prays go out to the gardner family.i know fishing was one of his passtime.ludlows island.from curtis webb and harold boudreaux.
curtis webb
September 11, 2008
To The Gardner Family,My sincere condolences. I knew Leroy when I was a student at the U of M.
He was always supportive and uplifting. People such as Leroy are truly the Great Spirits blessing here on earth. Respectfully, Red Lake Tribal Council Secretary
Kathryn Beaulieu
September 11, 2008
Leroy was a great teacher and mentor. He will be missed by the countless number of students at the University of Minnesota that had the priviledge of knowing him.
Anise McDowell (Mazone)
September 11, 2008
Reverend Gardner & Kay,

I like to offer our condolences I just learned that your son has passed away. I just wanted the both of you to know that you are in my prayers.

From the Hudson & Simmons family & Reverend Linda Stampley
Reverend Linda Stampley
September 11, 2008
Condolences from the Anderson Family.

Arthur, Bernadine, Stephen, Antonia, Sharon.
Bernadine Anderson
September 11, 2008
My condolences to the Gardner family, Leroy was one of my mentors while growning up in Saint Paul, he was an active member of my fathers Boy Scout Troop 405 in the sixties. What I remember most is his compassion and sincerity, he was a gifted human being that will be truly missed.
Alex Smith
September 11, 2008
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
lisa toombs-nitti
September 11, 2008
Dear Gardner family,

May LeRoy rest in peace in the arms of Our Savior. He did so much good for his kids and taught them the true meaning of what life is all about. May we all forever profit from the lessons he taught us all.
Good and faithful servant...well done. Blessings!
Ray (Gopher) Hawes
September 11, 2008
Russell Taylor
September 11, 2008
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