Don O. Gardenour, 93

Don Otis Gardenour, 93, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Wabash, died at 9:30 am, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at his home in Fort Wayne. 

He was born Aug. 10, 1922, in Huntington, to Don Gardenour and Cecil (Divelbiss) Gardenour Montel.

Don was a 1941 graduate of Huntington Township High School.  He was a U.S. Army veteran during World War II.  He married Madalyn J. DeBatty in Huntington, on June 22, 1946; she died May 3, 2014.  He retired from General Tire in Wabash, after 37 years. Don was a member of the Alliance Church in Wabash, American Legion Post 777 in Indianapolis, and AARP.  He was a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed owning and caring for seven properties in Wabash for 40 years, and especially enjoyed taking children to church.

He is survived by three children, Peggy (Byron) Taylor of LaPorte, Rosalee (Bill) Blevins of Fort Wayne, and Kent Gardenour of Chicago, Ill.; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Gardenour of New Albany, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Anna Belle Land and Lois (Richard) Johnston, both of Timbercrest Church of the Brethren Home in North Manchester.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, and his son Leonard Gardenour.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash with Rev. Don Mitchell.  Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 5-7 pm Friday and 1 hour prior to the service Saturday, at the funeral home.

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Posted on 2015 Aug 18