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Clyde E. Gardiner

Clyde E. Gardiner Sr., 92, of New Athens, IL; born on May 14, 1927 in Sparta, IL; passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at his home.

Mr. Gardiner was a railroad worker for 44 years, first working for Missouri Pacific and later Union Pacific. He held several positions over the years including clerk, telegrapher and auditor. Mr. Gardiner was a World War II Navy Veteran. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He was also a member of VFW Post 0565, New Athens Lions Club and a lifetime member of Bethesda Providers. Clyde enjoyed fishing, gardening and dancing. He was also an avid reader and especially enjoyed poetry.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Melvin and Elsie, nee Hapke, Gardiner. Two brothers – Russell Gardiner; Carl Gardiner. One sister – Bettie Rezba.

He is survived by his children – Carla Schaeffer of New Athens, IL; Nancy (Phil) Wahlig of New Athens, IL; Laura Gardiner of Springfield, IL; Cindy Henderson of New Athens, IL; Ed (Tracy) Gardiner of Freeburg, IL. Eight grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. One brother – James (Marilyn) Gardiner of Assumption, IL. One sister – Doris Mathews of Columbia, IL. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the family for the care of Laura Gardiner.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Monday, July 29, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Athens, IL on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Funeral: Services will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Athens, IL on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m with Rev. Mark Nebel officiating assisted by Vicar Lyle Buettner.

Interment: Burial will be held at Paradise Cemetery in Steeleville, IL on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Ed/Amy Beyer says:

    Cindy, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family.

  2. Kimberly Schlueter says:

    Clyde was one of the happiest men that came into the shop! I have been cutting his hair for 7 years and he never came in without that loving smile. He truly loved life, he was always making other stops after his cut weather it be lunch with family/friends or shopping. We will sure miss him at the shop. We will miss you Clyde💔

  3. Debbie Brandon says:

    Uncle Clyde was always so full of life. He showed kindness, friendliness, and love to all. He always had a special place in my heart. He will be sorely missed in this world but I know thst he is now in the loving arms if Jesus ❤.

  4. Larry McGuire says:

    Clyde was a friend of the family. For a while, after my fathers’s passing, he and my mother dated. I always remember Clyde having a smile on his face and was a very friendly person. I don’t recall ever hearing Clyde speak bad of anyone, and vice versa. Let the fond memories you have of Clyde comfort and surround you in this time of sorrow.

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