Obituary published May 29, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

Lance Cardell Gardner, 53 of Columbia passed away Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Arnold Funeral Home in Mexico, MO with Rev Mason and Rev. Dr. Farrar officiating. Burial to follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Mexico, MO. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.
Lance was born April 22, 1960 in Mexico, MO. The son of Lark Edward and Fern Arlyne (Lue) Gardner.
Lance attended Jefferson City High School where he graduated in 1978. He attended Central Methodist in Warrensburg and Lincoln University in Jefferson City where he received his associate's degree. Lance worked at Tricon in Columbia MO where he was a Production Manager. Lance enjoyed BBQ, fishing and spending time with family and friends.
Lance is survived by his children, Precrecia Gardner of Columbia; Jessica King of Columbia, and Corey Payne of North Dakota, and a new born granddaughter; Brothers, Lark Christopher Gardner of Mexico, and Lester C. Gardner of Jefferson City. Sisters, Fern Williams, and Leta Gardner both of Mexico, Garla Gardner, and Twila Walker both of Jefferson City. Numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Gardner was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant sister.
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