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David Alan Gardner, 64, Clarks Summit, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, doing what he loved best, riding his motorcycle. He suffered fatal injuries when his motorcycle was struck by a deer. He was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley.
Born November 13, 1948, in Ridgway, PA, he was the son of Thelma (Bennett) Gardner, Clarks Summit and the late Charles John Gardner.
He was a 1966 graduate of Dunmore High School. He honorably served his country in the U S Army during the Vietnam War as a helicopter mechanic. He was a heavy equipment operator and a proud member of International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 542.
He had a passion for his motorcycles and especially enjoyed riding with his canine best friend, Charles, seated proudly in his very own sidecar. He made an annual pilgrimage with friends to visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall, Washington, DC. Dave's spirit will live in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.
Also surviving are two daughters: Greta Luong and husband Anthony, Dickson City, Jennifer Toomey and companion Paul Aigeldinger, Blakely, three sisters: his twin, Diane Zeiss and husband, Kirk, Clarks Summit, Rev. Nancy Shute and husband Richard, Brockway, Mary Ellen Galdieri and companion George Harris, Scranton, several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive relatives and friends Friday from 4-7 pm at the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit. A celebration of Dave's life will be 7 pm at the funeral home with services by Rev. Judy Adams, pastor of Clarks Summit Methodist Church. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Fund, 2600 Virginia Ave., NW, Suite 104, Washington, DC 20037 or Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
To the Gardner Families I did not know Dave as a family member, but my times with him hiking in Pa and NY in the late 90's revealed his patience, generosity, intelligence and witty humor. It was always a pleasure to be in Dave's presence. Those memories will continue to live with me, and although Dave brightened my life and the lives of my fellow hikers, the world will be less rich now without him.
Carl Sebastianelli Jun 27 2013 12:00 AM
God never promised a life without pain, Laughter without tears or sun without rain. But He did promise strength for the day, Comfort for the tears and the light for the way.And for all who believe In His Heaven above He rewards their faith In His everlasting love.We are sorry to hear of David's Loss and hope that you all find that peace many prayers .We were so very saddened.We will continue to keep you & your family in our thoughts and prayers. Look to God and your faith to bring you the peace and comfort you need during this most difficult time. In Life we have no choice on when we are born and we we die and we live our life to touching everyone's heart by being who we are and share a little ray of Sunshine .David will be truly missed by all there family and friends but you can all keep there memory alive when you think of them ..Bless you & Your Family they has now earned their wings and in the peace and hands of our lord .This man who help paved the path to who their children are today .Our family hold you in their prayers and thoughts. Many Blessings from The Horace Fields Jr Family from Brockport Norma,Ann,Debbie,Ray.Mark,Cheryl ,Mike and Jeanine and our beloved Jackie
Debbie Fields Bickerdyke Jun 27 2013 12:00 AM
we are very sorry for your loss
Tom Quinn and Family Jun 27 2013 12:00 AM
I met Dave through my ex husband Martin way back in the day. Hung out quite a bit back then. We all seem to go seperate ways as time went on. We reconnected by chance a few years back @ the local tavern in Falls. It was great to see him again, catching up on a lot of history, as we shared one of his favorite cigars. We ran into each other quite a bit since then. I am ever so happy to have been in his company, sharing our time with good conversation, and laughter. So sad to see him go...gonna miss and always remember.... your friend elaine
elaine ord (calpin) Jun 27 2013 12:00 AM
Dear Nancy, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I remember the wonderful spirit of Dave and his love of great music. May God give you the strength you need, today and always. With Love, Val
Valerie Kolback Widaman Jun 26 2013 12:00 AM
Mrs Gardner and Family, Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Dave was a good man and friend. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Lisa Ayers Kircher Jun 26 2013 12:00 AM
Nancy Shute purchased flowers (Special Blessings Bouquet) Much Love, Nancy and Rich
Nancy Shute Jun 26 2013 12:00 AM