OBITUARY

Dr. Richard Ernest Gardner Sr.

October 26, 1939March 14, 2018

Richard Ernest Gardner, M.D., 78, of Staunton passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 14, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest E. and Inez (Hicks) Gardner; and his brother, Joseph E. Gardner, M. D. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judy (Mayo) Gardner; daughter, Courtney Gardner; daughter, Leslie Anderson and her husband, Jeffrey; son, Richard Gardner, Jr. and his husband, Francis; grandson, Casey Gardner and his fiancé, Nichole; grandsons, Matthew and Ian Anderson; sister, Evelyn G. Marshall; many cherished nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat, Boise. Richard was born on October 26, 1939, in Hillsville, VA, and grew up working on the family dairy farm. He attended the University of Virginia from 1958 to 1960 and the University of Virginia Medical School from 1960 to 1964. After receiving his medical license from the Virginia State Board of Medicine in 1964, he interned at William Beaumont Army Hospital in El Paso, TX, for a year and then served as Battalion Surgeon at Fort Hood, TX, until 1966. He served as Captain and Brigade Surgeon of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967 where he earned a Bronze Star. Upon his return, he completed his ophthalmology residency at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University in 1971. He established the Staunton Eye Clinic in 1971 and practiced general ophthalmology there until his retirement in 1999. He maintained his medical licensure until his passing. Richard became a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1972. He was a member and former president of the Virginia Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, as well as a member and former president of Kings Daughters Hospital Medical Staff. In addition, he was a member of the Augusta Medical Center Medical Staff, the Virginia Medical Society, the American Medical Association, and an Emeritus member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Richard loved music and reading, and his favorite activities were sailing, playing tennis and beating his friends and family at pool. After retirement, he spent six years captaining his sailboat, Aphrodite, through the Bahamas and Caribbean with his faithful crew, Judy and Ruby the cat. He was a fiercely devoted family man and was most proud of his marriage to Judy, their three children, Courtney, Leslie and Richard, Jr., and their three grandsons, Casey, Matthew and Ian. His unfailing love, support and guidance will be sorely missed by his family. A memorial service will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2001 North Coalter Street, Staunton, VA 24401, on Monday, March 19, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. and will be followed by a reception at the church. The service will be led by Reverend John Peterson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church or the Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad, 1600 North Coalter Street, Staunton, VA 24401. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Staunton Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes. Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories online with the family by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com

  • FAMILY

  • Richard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judy (Mayo) Gardner; daughter, Courtney Gardner; daughter, Leslie Anderson and her husband, Jeffrey; son, Richard Gardner, Jr. and his husband, Francis; grandson, Casey Gardner and his fiancé, Nichole; grandsons, Matthew and Ian Anderson; sister, Evelyn G. Marshall; many cherished nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat, Boise.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest E. and Inez (Hicks) Gardner; and his brother, Joseph E. Gardner, M. D.
  • DONATIONS

  • Covenant Presbyterian Church or the Staunton-Augusta Rescue Squad, 1600 North Coalter Street, Staunton, VA 24401

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Memorial Service Monday, March 19, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Officiating
REMEMBERING

Dr. Richard Ernest Gardner Sr.

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Charles "Mick" Andersen

March 20, 2018

I regret missing Dick's service as he was one of my very favorite people on the medical staff for the past forty years. He was rightfully recognized as a leader and excellent physician but just as importantly a caring, cheerful, thoughtful man who many, many of us considered a true friend. He is missed.
Charles "Mick" Andersen

Marianne Dunworth

March 19, 2018

Judy and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Marianne Dunworth
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Coach Young

March 17, 2018

Courtney and Leslie
Our condolences to you and your family. The support your family provided the Buffalo Gap Girls Tennis team was the foundation that allowed many young girls get to play and represent their high school. There are many memories of you playing tennis. Your Dad was a fine man and I am sure your competive spirit was an outgrowth of him.
Again our prayers are with you and your family.

Coach Ronnie and Linda Young

Claire Wiggins

March 17, 2018

Judy and family,
Myself and my mother loved you and Dick so much. We send our love and prayers. I am sorry, but I will not be able to attend the service, but please know that I will be thinking of you. Please take care of yourself.

- Claire Wiggins

Janet Downs

March 17, 2018

-To Judy and family - my sincere sympathy and love in the passing of Dr. Gardner. I was a patient of his for many years. He was always so kind and then later my dad came to him as a patient. I know my dad and I both got super medical eye care with him, always fascinated by him being left handed!
-Many hugs to all of you.

Judy Sample

March 16, 2018

Judy and family, am so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. Am thinking and sending prayers to all and hoping you find peace with such a loss.

Bill Baker

March 16, 2018

Dearest Aunt Judy, Courtney, Leslie, Richard and families,

Words cannot express how sad I am to hear of Uncle Richard’s passing. What a kind and wonderful human being he was. I remember when Aunt Judy and Uncle Richard got married and I met him for the first time how he made all of us feel so at ease. Even at my young age, I think I was 11 or 12, I knew there was something special about this man. His specialness shined through and made those around him happier and brighter. I am sorry that I didn’t know him better but know this...I am a much better person for having known him even just a little bit.
Love to all,
Bill

FROM THE FAMILY