Robert G. Gardner, 70, of rural Cambridge, died suddenly on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at his farm doing his cattle chores. Cremation has been accorded and a public visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services assisted with the arrangments. A private celebration of life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cambridge Ambulance Service or the Cambridge Fire Department.

Robert G. Gardner, 70, of rural Cambridge, died suddenly on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at his farm doing his cattle chores. Cremation has been accorded and a public visitation was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services assisted with the arrangments. A private celebration of life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cambridge Ambulance Service or the Cambridge Fire Department.

Robert Gale Gardner was born Jan. 10, 1948 in Galesburg, the son of Wilson G. and Avice M. Fink Gardner. He was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1966. Bob attended the Lincoln Barber College in East Moline, graduating in 1968. His marriage to Kathy Heberer took place on March 21, 1971, at the family farm in rural Cambridge.

He was a self-employed barber at his shop, Shears, in Kewanee for 50 years and had farmed most of his life on the family farm. Bob was not a man of great accomplishments, he was just a great man who knew no strangers.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy, his children, Patience (Paul) Hansen, Genoa, Neil Gardner, Kewanee, and Mariah (Craig) Clementz, Prophetstown, and grandchildren, Griffin, Sydney, Madysen, Nash, Brody, and Ella. Other survivors include a brother, a sister, and an aunt. His parents and a sister preceded him in death. The family would like to thank Christine Wexell, Dennis Nussear, and Amanda Johnson of the Cambridge Ambulance, Officer Winters, and neighbor and friend, Meg, for being there for Kathy.