Burrell Gardner, 78, of Toledo passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Living Faith United Methodist Church in Tama with Pastor Brian Oliver officiating. Following a luncheon at the church, interment will be at 3:00 PM at Sorden Cemetery in rural Webster, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 5-7 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.
Burrell was born on January 23, 1936, in North English, Iowa, the son of Harry and Bertha (Emde) Gardner Sr. He graduated from North English High School in 1954. On September 8, 1957, he was united in marriage to Connie Miller in Ridgeland, South Carolina. Burrell served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War as a flight engineer and then went on to become a career serviceman for twenty years. He was discharged as a staff sergeant. Burrell received the Distinguished Flying cross after coming back from Vietnam. After the service, he worked twenty three years for the Iowa DOT and then drove cement truck for Manatts for a brief period of time and then worked at the Meskwaki Bingo & Casino for five years. After retirement, he volunteered many hours at the Community Clothes Closet in Tama. Burrell was a member of the Living Faith United Methodist Church in Tama and the Toledo American Legion. He enjoyed woodworking, refurnishing furniture and taking immaculate care of his yard. Survivors include his wife of fifty-six years, Connie of Toledo; two children, Jill Gardner of Ottumwa and Jeff (Kim) Gardner of Tama; two grandchildren, Cody (Glenda) Gardner of Muscatine and Lacey Gardner of Ottumwa; two sisters-in-law, Myrtle Gardner of Grand Rapids, MN and Mildred Gardner of Stoughton, WI; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; one sister, Kathleen Calvin; and three brothers, Harry, Wayne and Francis Gardner. Memorials may be directed to Living Faith United Methodist Church or Iowa River Hospice.