He attended Muskingum College, where he played football and then served as a Corporal in The United States Army Air Force. Bob was the former owner of Gardner Insurance Agency and for many years was employed at Nick Abraham Buick in Elyria.
Bob is survived by his former wife, Marcia Jane Gardner (nee Nichols); sons, Alan (Gale) Gardner, Arthur Gardner and Robert (Cindy) Gardner; and daughters, Julie and Robin Gardner; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Ann Moore, July 4, 2013; and parents, Ralph and Ruth Gardner.
Arrangements are in the care of Dicken Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elyria.