Ward Gardner, 81, son of a pioneer Walla Walla family and for 58 years associated with the department store here which bears his name, died this morning at his home.
Gardner had been president and general manager of Gardner's Department Store for 43 years. He retired in 1970 but continued as chairman of the board.
Active in community affairs, Gardner was past president of the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce, had served two terms as a director of the chamber and had served on several chamber committees.
He received the chamber's award of merit honor.
Gardner served for many years as chairman of the Walla Walla County Planning Commission and also was a member of the City Planning Commission for several years.
He helped found the Park and Shop organization and served on its board of directors
Gardner was president of the Veterans Memorial Park Association which planned the city golf course and helped raise funds for its completion.
He was a member of the planning committee for the exposition building at the Southeastern Washington Fairgrounds, helping in the fund-raising compaign for completion of that structure.
Gardner earned national recognition for his work with dog shows and was often called upon as a judge for regional and national kennel events. He founded the Walla Walla Kennel Club and was the local club's delegate to the American Kennel Club in New York.
Gardner was born October 14, 1891 in Walla Walla, the son of Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Gardner.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred, at the home; a daughter, Mrs. Arthur (Shirley) Carey, Walla Walla; two grandchildren, two nieces and one nephew.
Gardner was a charter member of the Walla Walla Country Club, a 30-year member of the Walla Walla Elks Lodge, a 55-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a past master of it, a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner
Church, Walla Walla Wagon Wheelers, Walla Walla County Farm Bureau, Washington State Research Council, the 158 Club, Walla Walla Booster Club, Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, Sons of the American Revolution, Walla Walla Rotary Club, Washington Association of Wheat Growers and an honorary member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Gardner was listed in "Who's Who in the West," and "Who's Who in American Dogdom" and "The History of the State of Washington."
Funeral arrangements are pending at Groseclse Garden Chapel.
Bill Of Sale
Below is a scan of the original bill of sale used when Ward Gardner sold the Walla Walla Kennel Club