George

March 17, 1932 ~ September 27, 2022

Born in: Vincennes, IN
Resided in: Terre Haute, IN

George Gardner, 90, formerly of Vincennes and longtime business owner passed away at 4:00 pm on September 27, 2022, at his residence in Terre Haute, IN. George was born on March 17, 1932, in Vincennes and is the son of Dexter Carl and Hellen (Tracey) Gardner. George married Virginia “Jenny” Johnson and she preceded him in death in March of 1989. He then married Linda Scott on June 11, 1990.

George was a member of First United Methodist Church in Vincennes and served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. George attended Culver Military Academy and was a proud graduate of the 1950 class at Vincennes Lincoln High School. He then attended the Indiana College of Mortuary Science and upon graduation in 1954 came back home to Vincennes to serve as a 6th generation funeral director where he owned and operated Gardner and Son Funeral Home for many years until his retirement. After his retirement he worked part time for DeBaun Funeral Home until October of 2021.

George had many accomplishments over the course of his professional career. He served on the Indiana State Police Commission and was President of the board, he served as Trustee for the Richard “Red” Skelton Trust Funds for Children, served on the Board of Governors at Good Samaritan Hospital, from 1969-1972 he served on the Indiana House of Representatives, served as the Knox County Coroner from 1955-1963 and served as President of the Indiana Coroner’s Association in 1960. George also served as an Integra Bank Director from 1971-1998 and held various roles over the course of that time. He served on the board of the Board of Cemetery Regents from 1950-1975, serving as the President of the Board from 1969-1975, and helped establish the Indiana Military Museum where he served on the board as well.

Some of George’s other civic memberships include the American Legion, Vincennes Chamber of Commerce, Vincennes Rotary Club, Elk’s Club, Vincennes #1 Masonic Lodge F&AM, Scottish Rite as a 32nd Degree member, Hadi Shrine, Royal Order of Jesters, Vincennes Harmony Society, Indiana Society of Chicago, and 40 et 8. George was also proud of the fact he was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash and a Kentucky Colonel. Some of George’s hobbies included studying the stock market, working in the yard, and reading.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Gardner of Terre Haute, IN; his step-children, John Scott of Round Rock, TX,  Sheryl Scott of Decatur, IL, Joran Scott of Terre Haute, IN, grandchildren, Travis Satterfield and his wife Ashley, and Brayden Scott; sister, Edwina Carlton of Frankfort, IN; daughter-in-law, Pam Gardner of Vincennes; son-in-law, Ron Thomas of Vincennes; nieces, Karen Barr of Frankfort, IN, and Anne Belcher of St. Simon, GA. George is preceded in death by his parents, Dexter and Hellen Gardner, his first wife Jenny Gardner, daughter, Jan Thomas, and his son, David Gardner.

Friends may visit with George’s family from Noon until the hour of service time of 2:00 pm on Monday, October 3, 2022, at Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home Gardner- Brockman Chapel, 505 Main St., Vincennes, IN with Pastor Matt Swisher officiating. George will be laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery. Online memories may be sent to George’s family and friends at www.goodwinsievers.com. Memorial contributions may be made Red Skelton Children’s Clothing Fund through the United Way. Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home is honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of George and his family.

Services

Visitation: October 3, 2022 12:00 pm - October 3, 2022 2:00 pm

Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home Gardner-Brockman Chapel
505 Main St.
Vincennes, IN 47591


Funeral Service: October 3, 2022 2:00 pm

Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home Gardner-Brockman Chapel
505 Main St.
Vincennes, IN 47591


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  1. Linda, my heartfelt condolences to you and the entire family. George wasn’t only my mentor and former employer, but a dear friend. He will be remembered fondly.
    Zack Wilson

  2. Aunt Linda, Debbie and I are so sorry to hear of Uncle George’s passing. He was one of the world’s truly nice guys and always showed us such kindness and hospitality on our all too rare visits. We know you will miss him very much as will we. Our prayers and condolences for you and the entire family.

  3. George is how I knew him which I knew he went by Dexter, but I genuinely found of him. George frequented the business I worked at and when he came in he made my day better. We would chat and he was always so very kind. It is a great loss for the world but a joyful reunion in heaven with the ones that left us before him. George will forever be a part of my memories because of his kindness and great personality. My condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed.

  4. So sorry for your loss Linda. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!! Love Donna ‘McGinnis’ Smith. ( Ruth Marie’s daughter) We love you!❤️🙏🏻

  5. Sorry to hear of George’s passing. He was a community leader in Vincennes for years. When Gardner and Son Funeral Home was under Dexter and his direction they conducted services for my family with honor several times. George will be missed.

  6. George was very kind in donating a mortuary science scholarship each year to students in the Vincennes University Funeral Service Education Department, which I received in the late 1990s. Condolences to your family.

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