GARDNER, Charles Sep 10, 1930 – Jul 14, 2020

Charles Gardner, 89, of Eaton, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2020 following an extended illness. He was born Sept. 10, 1930 in Powell, Ohio, son of the late Lester and Vivian Gardner. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Sara “Sally” Gardner; Sally’s mother, Dorcas Keig-Copely; his brother, Victor Gardner; and his sister, Maryanne Roode.
He was the co-founder of Gardner-Tobin, Inc. of Dayton, established in 1959. He was a 50+ year member of The Door and Hardware Institute, Buckeye Hardware Chapter and has been an architectural hardware consultant since 1957.
Throughout his life, Chuck has been involved with countless organizations including; Riverdale Optimist Club, Optimist International, Boy Scouts of America, Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm, Ohio Ornithological Society, American Birding Association, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Hawkwatch International, and numerous committees and councils.
Chuck is survived by his children, Lawrence A. (Nancy) Gardner, Janet E. (Ron) Fawley, Kathleen A. (Tom) Bolton and Richard C. (Paula) Gardner; Chuck’s very special friend Judith Powell; grandchildren, Heather Gardner, David Bolton, Jena Gardner, Samuel Fawley, Daniel Bolton, Benjamin Fawley, Carl Gardner, Daniel Gardner, Joshua Bolton abd Sarah Gardner; and great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Isabella and Elliot, along with many other dear relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to Friends of Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm, Miami Valley Council Boy Scouts of America or the Riverdale Optimist Club.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 17, 2020, 7 p.m., at the Gilbert-Fellers Funeral Home, 950 Albert Road, Brookville. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home, leading into the funeral service. Burial will be held the following day, Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at Lee Cemetery in Vanlue, Ohio.
E-mail condolences may be sent by going online to www.gilbert-fellers.com

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