Mr. Michael Joseph Gardner, 60, of Kodiak, Alaska passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. He was born Aug. 29, 1953 in Huntington, Ind. the son of Mrs. Joanne C. Landrigan Gardner and the late Lt. Col. Jack Otto Gardner. Mike served proudly in the United States Air Force for 10 years and worked tirelessly for the people of the State of Alaska as an Environmental Health Officer for over 30 years before retiring in 2013. Mike worked in the Alaskan communities of Anchorage, Eagle River, Bristol Bay and Kodiak. His dedication and integrity earned him the respect of all he came in contact with and he was jokingly referred to as “Alaska’s Seafood Guru.”
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Jack Otto Gardner, Jr., and Steven Paul Gardner; and nephews, Kevin Michael Hodges, Brent Allen Gardner, and Mark Henry Miller.
He is survived by the love of his life, Robin Sue Nyholm Gardner of Kodiak, Alaska; two daughters and son-in-law, Cheryl Danita and William Randall Fike of Newnan and Jessica Gardner and her fiancé, Nicholas Robert Sullivan of Kodiak, Alaska; son, Jeremiah Gardner of Kodiak, Alaska; his mother, Joanne C. Landrigan Gardner of Douglasville; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Ann and Mike Mitchell of Panama City, FL, Kathy and Robin Brown of Douglasville, GA, Lorie and Randy Bomar of Winston, GA, Maggie and Russell Roper of Douglasville, GA, Linda and JR Miller of Douglasville, GA; five brothers and sisters-in-law, David Gardner of Winston, GA, Dennis and Sandy Gardner of Douglasville, GA, Patrick and Jeannie Gardner of Waco, GA, Jimmy and Kristi Gardner of Douglasville, GA, and Jeffrey and Beth Gardner of Douglasville, GA; grandchildren, Lauren Michelle Fike, Megan Nicole Fike, Madisyn Robin Sickafoose, and Jacob Walter Sickafoose; 39 nieces and nephews; 34 great-nieces and great-nephews; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Additionally, Mike leaves behind his best friend Robert Pressley of Lake Havasu, Arizona and many friends throughout Alaska and the seafood industry.
Memorial Services were held in Newnan, Georgia on Feb. 22, 2014 at Born Again Ministries with Pastor Tony Grant officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions, in honor of his beloved granddaughter Madisyn Sickafoose, be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 5130 40th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105. Personal messages of condolence may be sent to the Gardner family, 314 Birch Street, Kodiak, Alaska 99615.
Michael’s ashes will be scattered by his family and close friends in a private ceremony at a later date.