Weldon James Gardner 1920 ~ 2011 Weldon James Gardner, the eighth child born to Joseph A. and Martha Blunck Gardner, was born July 17, 1920 in East Millcreek, Utah. Weldon attended Granite High School, graduating in 1938. He attended BYU. He enlisted in the army and served in the South Pacific during World War II. After coming home he returned to BYU and graduated with a Chemistry degree. He met and married Anne K. Rebentisch in the Salt Lake Temple May 2, 1947. They have seven children.Weldon worked as a chemist at Hanford Engineering Works while their family was starting, then went into the chemical process development area working in Southern California, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Texas. He developed many useful materials for both the commercial the government sectors - including work in National Space program. Weldon was a member of the American Ceramic Society (ACS) for 52 years. He served in many ward and stake callings in the church such as Scoutmaster, Explorer leader, ward clerk, executive secretary, high priest group leader, a stake missionary, and family history specialist. In genealogy Weldon loved to help others converting to use the computer, and for years inputted names into the extraction program. He and Anne served a full-time mission in Texas. After Anne died suddenly on December 2, 2004, Weldon was living alone. He fell and broke his hip, which led him to Summerfield Assisted Living in Orem, Utah. There he met Ruth Beck and on September 9, 2006 they married. Weldon's loving heart and concern for her care were beyond description and brought two grown families together to experience the love they had for each other. Ruth passed on November 1, 2010. Weldon lived for a time in his children's homes but as his condition slowly worsened he moved into Beehive South in American Fork, Utah. We wish to thank Hearts for Hospice and the staff at Beehive for the loving care they gave Weldon in the last few weeks of his life. He is preceded in death by his wives Anne and Ruth; his parents Joseph and Martha; brothers John, Blane, LaMar, Ross and Donald; sisters Norene, Inez and Zereta. Weldon is survived by his brother Bruce, his seven children and their spouses: Jim and Irene Gardner, Annette and Bob Johnson, Marty and Terry Gardner, Ernest and Barbara Gardner, Phyllis Gardner and Gordon Priatko, Florence and David Hawkinson, and Amber and Robert Lee. He is survived by 26 grandchildren, and 29 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild Viewing will be at the Anderson Mortuary (49 East 100 North, American Fork, UT 84003) Friday, April 15 from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday, April 16 at the Hillcrest 4th Ward chapel (350 West 700 North, American Fork, UT 84003) from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Funeral services will be at the Hillcrest 4th ward chapel 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at East Lawn Cemetery. Provo, UT. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.andersonmortuary.com. Weldon would have appreciated that in lieu of flowers donate to the LDS Church Perpetual Education Fund.
Copyright 2015, Deseret News Publishing Company