Terry L. Gardner

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Jul 7, 2014 - 3:19:39 PM

Terry L. Gardner, 74, of Marlow died Friday, July 4, 2014, in Duncan.
Visitation for family members and friends is planned for tonight (Monday), July 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home in Marlow. Viewing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8.
Terry was born Thursday, July 4, 1940, in Muskegon, Mich., to Harold Albert and Bernadine Loretta (Olson) Gardner. He attended Muskegon Heights High School, City College of Chicago, and the University of Maryland. On April 8, 1960, Terry married the former Joy Jo Neely in Lawton.
Terry served his country for more than 20 years as a member of the United States Army Signal Corps. He served two tours in Vietnam: 1968-1969, and 1970-1971. During the Berlin Crisis, Terry was stationed in France; and during the Cuban Missile Crisis, he was stationed in Florida. He was honored with the Bronze Star with Second Oak Leaf Cluster, along with several other commendations and awards. During his career in the Army, Terry and his family lived in many locations, including France; Leesville, La.; Bad Kissingen, Germany; Ludwicksburg, Germany; Killeen, Texas; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Olympia, Wash.; and Lawton.
Terry retired in 1977 and had lived in Marlow for the past 31 years. He was ordained as a deacon at Cache Road Baptist Church in Lawton on Nov. 15, 1981. Terry was a member of the American Legion and the First Baptist Church in Marlow. He loved the outdoors and stock car racing. When he was younger, he also enjoyed fishing. Terry loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Joy J. Gardner, of the home; a son, Timothy John Gardner of Marlow; two daughters and a son-in-law, Theresa Lynn Ensley of Marlow, and Jacquetta Joy and Michael Shoemaker of Burleson, Texas; six grandchildren, Stephanie L. Goins and husband Jared, Nicole L. Ensley, Ashley L. Ensley, Monique M. Maccarone, Skyler D. Gardner and Sicily J. Gardner; a great-grandchild, Mackenzie L. Goins; and a number of cousins.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.callawaysmithcobb.com.