Merlin Gardner


LEOTI — Merlin M. Gardner, 92, died Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Scott County Hospital in Scott City.

LEOTI — Merlin M. Gardner, 92, died Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Scott County Hospital in Scott City.

He was born March 24, 1921, in northwest Wichita County, to Clarence Artley and Ethel Blanche Davis Gardner.

A lifetime resident of Wichita and Scott counties, Mr. Gardner was a farmer and was the owner and operator of Gardner's Inc., in Leoti. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II.

On Jan. 13, 1944, he married Lois Elene Hahn in Kearny County. She died June 10, 1979, in Tribune. He also was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Arthur Gardner of Berryville, Ark., and David Gardner of Leoti; three daughters, Susan Leebrick of Fort Collins, Colo., Diana Brandt of Scott City, and Carol Koros of Little Rock, Ark.; 20 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Parks Community Church in Wichita County. Inurnment will be at Parks Community Church Cemetery in Wichita County.

There will be no visitation. Condolences may be given at or Memorials are suggested to the Merlin M. Gardner Memorial Fund, in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Scott City, KS 67871.

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