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Allen James "Joe" Gardner

Died: Fri., May 20, 2011

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Florence - Allen James Gardner, better known as "Joe", beloved husband, father
and grandfathe
r, passed away peacefully May 20, 2011 at Community Medical
Center surrounded by his fam
ily. Joe was born October 5, 1943 at Saint Patrick
Hospital in
Missoula, Montana.

Joe was born and lived in Missoula then later moved to Helena with his family.
He graduated in 1962 from Helena High School. He joined the Navy in 1964. He
was honorably d
ischarged from the Navy and moved back to Helena where he
met
the love of his life Winnie Rae Hofmeister. They were married April 22,
1967. They were blessed with two sons James and Jason. Joe had many talents
and trades
. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family sharing many
st
ories of his lifetime. Joe retired from the post office in 1995. Joe and Rae.~
eventually retired to Tucson, AZ.  In 2007 they returned to Montana to be
c
loser to their family.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Winnie Rae Gardner; their two sons,
James Gardner of Livingston, and Jason Gardner and wife Rochelle of Florence;   
grandchildren, Alexa, Mark, and Ellie and their mother Christi Swanson, and 1 grandchild on the way; his sister, Velma (Jerry) Johnson and his brother, Dale (Judy) Gardner both of Helena; uncles, Don Clure of Great Falls and Vaden Scruggs of Hamilton; as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.  Services will be held on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm at the Western Montana Veterans Cemetery in Missoula.  There will be a reception for family and friends following the services at the Florence Community Church. 

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Fayth Evjen
   Posted Tue May 24, 2011
Rea and family,

I'm sooo sorry to hear about Allen. My prayers and thoughts are with you in this diffucult time.

Love, Fayth

Lois Crepeau
   Posted Tue May 24, 2011
Winnnie, First I want to let you know that I have thought a lot about you and your family and didn't know how to reach you. I knew you had left Missoula, but didn't know you had returned and to think you are just down in Florence makes me HAPPY. Joe and I are sorry to hear about your Joe. I would like to come to the service if that is ok with you. My gosh Winnie I can't wait to see you. We had so much fun together when the phone company used to hang out at the bar in Frenchtown. I often wonder where or what ever happpened to Jeri Ann Ashby and the kids. Hope to see you Friday.

Tom Lindon
   Posted Tue May 24, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. If you need anything, please get ahold of us at Tom's email address of brokassbiker@yahoo.com, or call house, we are in the phone book. Jim, get ahold of us. Always your friend, Tom and Joanne Lindon.

tom lindon
   Posted Thu May 26, 2011
hey this is james or jim gardner i lookd for your phone number could not find it call me at 406 581 4628 look forward to here from u guys i dont care what time it is

tom lindon
   Posted Thu May 26, 2011
hey tis is jim call me at 406 581 4628 i cant find your number would like to talk to u

Earl Sheldon
   Posted Tue December 20, 2011
Hello Winnie,
I don't know if you remember me, but imagine you do. I just happened to find out of Joe's passing. I am so sorry. I have many fond memories of Joe and will always remember the many laughs we shared in Joe's early postal years. I send my sincere condolences and wish you the very best.

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