Sterling resident Frank "Mike" Gardner died Monday, July 4, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident near his home in Sterling. He was 47.
A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Monday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Soldotna. The service will be followed by a reception at the Dillon residence on Robinson Loop Road.
Mr. Gardner was born Jan. 28, 1958 in Tacoma, Wash. to Frank and Frances Gardner. After graduating from high school, he came to Alaska. He loved the Alaska way of life and decided to settle here. He worked first in Dutch Harbor, later moving to the Kenai Peninsula in 1981. He worked for Sizzler Restaurant in Soldotna. He also furthered his education attending the Kenai Peninsula College and earning a degree. He went to work for many years in sales and as a press operator at the Buyer's Guide in Soldotna.
In 1985, he married Kathy (Nordmeyer) Walters. They made their home in Kenai for a time, later moving to Sterling in 1989, where they built their home.
In 1991, he started his business, Great Land Advertising Specialties. He also worked as a security guard for B.P. and for Tesoro in North Kenai.
"Mike, as most knew him, deeply loved Alaska and the beauty he found here. He loved to fish and travel with his wife, Kathy and their little companion, Tinkerbell, in their motor home. He dreamed of traveling across the country someday and seeing the whole United States. He was a very loving father and husband. He will be greatly missed." his wife said.
Mr. Gardner was preceded in death by his grandparents and uncle, Lawrence Dillon.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; stepdaughter, Lisa Walters of Anchorage; grandchildren, Jeriah and Davian of Anchorage; parents, Frank and Frances Gardner of Tacoma; sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Rob Ripley of Tacoma; brother, Errol Gardner of Tacoma; mother-in-law, Frankie Nordmeyer of Kenai; brother-in-law, Lyle Nordmeyer of Sterling; aunt, Jacquie Dillon of Sterling; uncle and aunt, Bob and Barb Dillon of University Place, Wash.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other great-aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks those wishing to make a donation to do so to the charity of their choice in Mike's memory.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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