Leonard J. Gardner 

Share E-mail Visit Guest Book Leonard J. Gardner Traverse City Age 88, of Traverse City, and former Lansing resident, died Monday, December 21, 2009 at The Villages Regional Hospital in The Villages, Florida. The son of Victor R. and Bernice (Jackson) Gardner, Leonard was born in Columbia, Missouri on July 11, 1921. Shortly after his birth the family relocated to East Lansing, Michigan. Leonard graduated from East Lansing High School. His education at Michigan State College was interrupted during WWII when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He flew B-29 planes and trained other pilots. When the war ended he returned to Michigan State to finish his horticulture degree. Leonard was employed for 41 years with the Michigan Department of Agriculture. He retired in 1988 as Regional Supervisor for the Plant Industry Division. Leonard loved the sport of tennis. He played the game with strength and skill, winning many tournaments in Michigan and Arizona. He also enjoyed his membership in the Mercedes Benz Club of America and attended rallies throughout the United States. He was a member of First Congregational Church in Traverse City as well as member of the Traverse City Noon Kiwanis Club since 1968. Leonard is survived by his beloved wife Billie J. (Shaw) Gardner of Traverse City, who he married Aug. 22, 1985 at First Baptist Church in Lansing; by his children, Jack (Janet) Gardner of Grand Island, Florida, Janet (Dennis) Wyckoff of Interlochen, Susan (David) Burke of Traverse City; a son in law, Jules White of CT., his step-children, Orell Shaw, III, Jason L. (Anita) Shaw both of Traverse City and Alisa (Ed) Schweifler of Lansing. Fourteen grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Josephine (Gardner) Good and his daughter Anita White. Visitation for Leonard will take place on Monday, December 28th from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth Street, Traverse City. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 29th at First Congregational Church, 6105 Center Rd., Traverse City, with Dr. Gary Hogue officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to The Salvation Army. Please share you memories with Leonard's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com