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McGilley Antioch Chapel

3325 Northeast Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO

OBITUARY

Gerald Francis Gardner

September 27, 1940March 14, 2020

Gerald (Jerry) Gardner, 79, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 14, 2020. He leaves behind his loving wife of 47 years, Maurine, sons Matthew (Heather), Andrew (Cortney) and daughter Colleen (Bobby), along with his grandchildren: Austin, Madilyn, Jack, Halle, Lanie and Shaylee, all of whom will miss him dearly.

Jerry was born on September 27, 1940, in Washington, DC, to Linus and Leone Gardner. Jerry was soon followed by his two brothers, Michael and Joe. Much of Jerry’s childhood was happily spent in Elma, Iowa, with his Uncle Fred and Aunt Joey on their farm. Jerry later joined the Benedictine Monastery in Atchison, Kansas for 11 years, but left in 1971 to pursue a career in law enforcement with the Kansas City Police Department, where he was promoted to sergeant in 1975 and served bravely for 30 years. Jerry’s next 20 years were filled with the things he loved best: spending time traveling with Moie, working in his yard & garden where he lovingly produced prize tomatoes and beautiful roses and cannas, regular bridge games with friends, playing with his amazing collection of model trains and as Grandpa, filling orders for malts and popcorn. He will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Bishop Sullivan Center or Northcare Hospice at NKC Hospital.

A Rosary will take place Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Holy Family Parish, 919 NE 96th Street, Kansas City, MO 64155 with the visitation to follow from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. The funeral will be Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 11:00 AM at the Holy Family Parish, 919 NE 96th Street, Kansas City, MO 64155. Burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery 5001 NE Cookingham Drive, Kansas City, MO 64156.

Due to public health concerns Kansas City has prohibited gatherings of 50 people or more under the advisement of the Centers for Disease Control. The services for Gerald Gardner will involve immediate family only.

  • FAMILY

  • Maurine, Wife
  • Matthew (Heather), Son
  • Andrew (Cortney), Son
  • Colleen (Bobby), Daughter
  • Grandchildren: Austin, Madilyn, Jack, Halle, Lanie and Shaylee
  • DONATIONS

  • Bishop Sullivan Center
  • Northcare Hospice at NKC Hospital

Services

  • Rosary Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • A Celebration of Life Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • Burial Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Memories

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Thomas Mills

March 23, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Jerry. Great guy liked and respected by all who knew him

Donna Regan-Ibbotson

March 20, 2020

Going to miss him terribly. Had wonderful memories of him when I was growing up of spending time with him and his family. He did great wood working projects and loved hearing about his police stories. He was a wonderful man with the biggest, kindest heart ever. Prayers to Maureen and the family
Love, Donna Regan-Ibbotson
Charlie Regan Daughter

Lonnie Price

March 18, 2020

All I can say is what everyone already knows; Gerald was an incredible man!
He had such a positive impact on me as a young Officer and thankfully I got to know him during that time.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Lonnie

Rick Ludwig

March 18, 2020

He was a Good and Humble man. I got to work with him in the field and get to know him personally. Matt worked for me several times throughout his career, and I can see where Matt got his work ethic. We are sorry for your Loss..
Respectfully,
Rick and Kathy Ludwig.

Doug Harr

March 18, 2020

Great Sgt. To work for always a pleasure to meet with a positive attitude that was contagious. Just a "nice" man. God bless you all. Doug Harr

John Hamilton

March 18, 2020

I worked with Jerry in many different areas at KCPD but my most memorable work was when I was the Commander at NPD. Jerry was one of the strongest community supporters I had and his continual compassion for others was always present. His calmness and professionalism made my job much easier. After I left KCPD, I went to Park University to teach criminal justice. When I teach the Introduction to Law Enforcement class I always use examples of the work Jerry did as a supervisor. I share with future law enforcement officers Jerry's observation skills and genuine compassion for the community and the officers he worked with. My hope is that they will take those examples with them as they begin their careers in law enforcement. My heartfelt condolences to the Gardner family on the loss of a great man.

Christopher Cesena

March 18, 2020

I grew up in the Guardian Angles area where I was Jerry's paper boy as a kid, then later worked with Jerry and Matt as police officers. He always had a smile on his face. My sympathy to the family.


Sergeant Christopher Cesena

Tamy Gallagher

March 18, 2020

Jerry was a bright and shinning light when he arrived in the Communications Unit. Jerry's humor and wit made me laugh everyday. Jerry called me, Betty Crocker; one day he told me a BC joke, I laughed and laughed. Jerry was an amazing mentor to many here at KCPD and all the stories he shared about his loving wife and his children make me smile to this day. His faith captivated me and made me a better Catholic.
I saw Jerry over the years since he retired and I wish I would have had him tell me that joke again.
Sending you all love and prayers. Jerry was an amazing man!
Tamy Gallagher

Don Jantzen

March 18, 2020

My condolences to the Gardner family. I had the pleasure to work with Gerry after I was promoted to sergeant and sent to North Patrol. He was someone I turned to when I had questions or needed assistance while learning my new supervisory role. Gerry was a good friend and a good person. My prayers and thoughts are with the family.

Clint Meek

March 17, 2020

Had the best times with Gerry at the baseball fields. I always enjoyed his stories and just talking about everything in life. It has really been a great honor to have known a man like Gerry. He was a true patriot and family man and I know he has passed on a Legacy of greatness to the Gardner family. My thoughts and prayers to all the family and friends.

FROM THE FAMILY