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Col. Robert E. Gardner, Ret.

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Died: 9/8/2005

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Robert Bob E. Gardner, 71, of Payson, Arizona, passed away at his home on September 8, 2005, surrounded by his loving family. Bob, the second of five children, was born in Bisbee, Arizona, to Elmer and Delores Lola Gardner.

A graduate of Glendale High School, Bob went on to earn an Associate in Science Degree from Central Arizona College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from the University of Phoenix.

In 1954, Bob started two separate and distinct careers: one with Arizona Public Service Company (APS); the other with the Arizona Army National Guard. His success in both was based on his being an enthusiastic self-starter and always taking the initiative. At APS, Bob started as a groundsman rising to Casa Grande and Central Phoenix Customer Service Manager upon until his retirement in 1984. With the Arizona National Guard, Bob quickly rose through the ranks starting as a private with the Heavy Mortar Company, 158th Infantry and retired as a colonel in 1994. In 1984, Bob started a third career when he moved to Dallas, Texas, and became the Assistant Director of Business for Dallas Water Utilities from which he retired in January 1999.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an older sister, Anna Jean Cullinan.

Survivors include his loving wife, Matalyn; sons, Robert M. and Thomas F. Gardner, both of Phoenix; daughter, Cathy L. Samuelson of San Diego, California; stepsons, William and John Harp of Reno, Nevada; stepdaughters, Marcia Elliott of Wheaton, Illinois, and Michelle Sanders of Dallas; brother, William Gardner of Glendale; sisters, Betty Larsen of Brookings, South Dakota, and Carol Hardy of Kingwood, Texas; 15 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews.

Col. Robert E. Gardner, Ret.