Ralph V. Gardner1942 ~ 2011Ralph Vincent Gardner, Colonel (Retired), 90, passed away peacefully at his home November 9, 2011.He was born in Delta, UT, April 5, 1921. He married Bernice Wheat August 22, 1942, later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.He served for 32 years in the US Army. He was one of "The Greatest Generation" and served during World War II, entering France on Omaha Beach June 1944, fought through the hedgerow country, through all of France, participated in the Battle of the Bulge and ended the war near the Czech border. Ralph served in Germany, Korea, Japan, the Pentagon, Washington State, Mississippi, Texas, and Salt Lake City. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor.Ralph was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints serving in various callings and two welfare missions, including time with Community Development Corp. He loved to travel to new countries with family and friends, and attended the 60th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France. He is survived by brother Dee Ray Gardner, Elko, NV, two daughters, Bobbi Gardner, Salt Lake City, UT, Katie Gardner Aldridge, Saint George, UT, grandsons, Kenneth P. Aldridge (Rebekah), Tooele, UT, Tony Robinson (Hope), Atlanta, GA, Steven Robinson (Sharon), Atlanta, GA, Joel Robinson (Keely), Richmond, VA, Paul Robinson, Atlanta, GA, David Robinson, son-in-law, Atlanta, GA, and 12 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his wife "Wheatie" and daughter Susan Gardner Robinson, Atlanta, GA, October 30, 2011. Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 12, at 11 a.m. at the Foothill 7th Ward, 2215 E. Roosevelt (1460 South). Friends and family will be received Friday evening from 6-8 PM at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City, UT, or at the church from 10-10:45 a.m. Interment Fort Douglas Military Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Wounded Warriors Project (www.WoundedWarriorProject.org), Ronald McDonald House, or the charity of your choice.
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