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Philip Louis Gardner

June 9, 1939 ~ December 3, 2020 (age 81)

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Philip L. Gardner, 81, of LaFontaine, passed away on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at St. Vincent Hospital in Anderson, Indiana. He was born on June 9, 1939, in Marion, Indiana, to the late Paul and Freda (Kem) Gardner.

Philip graduated from Oak Hill High School and he served in the United States Marines.  Philip married Arlene Smeeton on September 3, 1960.  Philip was owner of Gardner Construction and Gardner Enterprise and was member of the National Rifle Association and served as past President of the Rifle Association in Marion.   

Philip is survived by his wife, Arlene; two daughters, Debra Coleman of Indianapolis and Leslie (Enver) Dokovic of Irvine, California; five grandchildren, Sofia Giokai, Max Giokai, and Amanda Giokai all of California and Ryan (Lisa) Coleman and Kyle (Crystal) Coleman, both of Indianapolis; two great-grandchildren Eli and Grayson Coleman; and many nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by son, Richard Scott Gardner, two brothers and one sister, Patricia. 

Per Philip's request, there will be no services.  

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McDonald Funeral Homes, LaFontaine Chapel, 104 South Main Street, LaFontaine, Indiana 46940.

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