Reynolds Ross Gardner, 87, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away on March 22, 2014 in Mena.
Reynolds was born in Hugo, Oklahoma, the son of Rennie (Reynolds) Gardner and Henry Gardner. He grew up in McCurtiain County, Oklahoma, completing Gray High School in Idabel. He was a National Honor Society Member and was active in the school’s sports and band programs.
After serving in WW2 as a crewmember in the US Navy bombers, patrolling the US Southeast Coastline, he enrolled in and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Engineering Physics. After graduation, he taught electronics at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado and later, after a long and successful career with Hughes Aircraft Company, retired as a Division Manager.
In 1987, Reynolds and Catherine moved to Mena, Arkansas and subsequently owned and operated a hardware and lumber business. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Reynolds is survived by his wife Catherine of Mena; two sisters Emily Jean Jolley of Newhall, California and Mozelle Alexander and husband Albert of Ft. Towson, Oklahoma; one brother Walter Gardner, Sr. of Nevada, Missouri; a sister-in-law Nancy (Herd) Gardner of Mena, Arkansas; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Gardner was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. No services have been scheduled at this time.
Online obituary available at http://www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.