Rex Edward Gardner passed into glory on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 in Goodyear, Arizona, due to complications from COVID-19. He was born on June 21, 1949 to Richard and Betty Gardner in Vancouver, Washington. Rex accepted Christ at an early age and he was a man whose faith had great influence on his life.
He grew up in Battle Ground, Washington, where he worked on the family dairy farm and attended Battle Ground High School, graduating in 1967. Rex proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, being stationed for 11 months in Korat, Thailand as a welder supporting the war effort.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 53 years Pam (Orthmeyer); his daughters Kim (Steve) Dauwe, Teri (Doug) Oates and Julie (Brett) Bies; seven grandchildren and two great-granddaughters; sisters Diane, Marlis and Debbie; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is greatly missed.