Charles Charlie Glen Gardiner

September 23, 1934August 18, 2015

Charles Glen Gardiner, 80, of Olathe, Kansas passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. He will forever be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to everyone he met.

Charlie was born on September 23, 1934 in Manilla, Iowa to Glen and Elsie Mae (Gessman) Gardiner. He attended and graduated from Avoca High School. After graduation he attended Drake University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics. Charlie married the love of his life Mary E. Larsen on July 9, 1955. He worked over 37 years as a sales service director for Sprint before he retired in 1989. He was an avid reader and more than anything enjoyed spending time with his family.

Charlie is preceded in death by his parents: Glen and Elsie Gardiner, brother, Richard Gardiner and sister, Barbara Morris. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Mary E. Gardiner of the home. Two sons: Robert Gardiner and his wife Lori, Overland Park, Kansas and David Gardiner all of Overland Park. Other survivors include his brother Donald Gardiner and wife Mona, of Omaha, Nebraska sister Virginia Thayer and husband Roger of Lake View, Iowa. Left behind to cherish his memory are his grandchildren: Brian Gardiner, Kelsey Webb and husband Josh, and Madison Gardiner. He will be dearly missed.

A Funeral will be held Saturday, August 22, at 1:00 p.m. at the McGilley & Frye Funeral Home: 105 East Loula Street Olathe, Kansas. Visitation will be held prior to the service from Noon-1:00 p.m. Charlie will be cremated according to his wishes. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Olathe Public Library via the family or McGilley & Frye Funeral Home.

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  • Visitation Saturday, August 22, 2015
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 22, 2015

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Jean DiSalvo

October 16, 2015

To all the Gardnier Family, just learned of Charleys' passing. My mom (Rose Sirna) and I worked with him at United Telephone/Sprint for many years. He was a great guy, always wearing a smile. 200% company man. I know he and my mom are now both in heaven discussing sprint stock prices and dividends (lol).
Seriously, my prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

August 23, 2015

Mary, Bob and Dave
Charlie was more then just a good neighbor he was family to Mike and I . We will miss him dearly! He was a terrific, caring and giving man. Our hearts mourn his passing but we are so blessed to had had in our lives for the last 18 years.
Our prayers for all of you!
Trish & Mike

August 22, 2015

I had a great career with United Tele/Sprint and retired after 30 years. A large part of the success of my career was due to Charley. He was at one time, my boss and mentor. I learned many a lesson from Charley and had many a laugh. I am proud to say Charley and I were good friends. Gaylene and I wish to extend condolences to Mary and family. He will be missed.

Wayne & Gaylene Harms

Pernilla Foran

August 22, 2015

Mary, Bob and David - Such a wonderful friend and great times Thanks just for knowing him. Blessings Love Penny

August 21, 2015

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Ed & Loretta Mares

Randy and Phyllis Mohr

August 21, 2015

The sight of Charley riding around on his mower and his friendly toot of the horn as he drove by will be sorely missed. He had a heart of gold and always had time to stop and chat. Your in out thoughts and prayers.

Ted and Jen Koreckij

August 21, 2015

You have our condolences during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Carole Gattenby

August 20, 2015

Mary and family, I am so sorry to here about Charlie. He was such a good boss and I enjoyed my friendship with you too. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

August 20, 2015

Mary, Bob & David,
Our hearts are saddened with the news of your loss of Charlie. He was a tremendous asset to all he touched; people and company. A true friend. Remembering the wonderful times and special moments we shared. Our love and prayers are with you.

Ken & Sue