In Memory

Roy Gardner - Class Of 1915

Roy E. Gardner, 103, Kenner, La., died April 11, 1999, in Metropolitan Hospice, Kenner, where he had been a resident for three weeks, following a 10 week illness. Born Sept. 13, 1896, east of Woodville in Carroll County, he was the son of Charles H. and Ollie Tribbet Gardner. He was married to Ruby Dickerson of Clymers, who died in 1980. Mr. Gardner attended Indiana University, and enlisted in the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in Bloomington. He was a veteran of World War I, World War II and the Korean War. He retired in the 1950s from the military. Mr. Gardner served two terms as County Recorder in 1920 and 1928. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and the VFW, both in Kenner. He was the last remaining charter member of the Delphi American Legion. He held a valid drivers license, and continued driving until his recent illness. Surviving are one son, Joe Gardner of Kenner; a daughter, Barbara Skaggs of Kenner; a brother, Charles Gardner of Camden; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. One son, a brother and two sisters preceded him in death. Services were held Tuesday in Kenner

Delphi Carroll County Comet April 14, 1999


More on Roy from earlier article. Delphi Carroll County Comet November 10, 1993

A Carroll County native who served in World War I is alive and well in Kenner, La. Roy E. Gardner, 98, was raised on a farm west of Burrows. He enlisted in the Army in 1917 when he was a student at Indiana University in Bloomington. He served with Battery F, 150th Field Artillery, which landed in France on Halloween in 1917. His unit trained at one of Napoleon’s old training grounds. Inadequately equipped, the United States had to lease 155 howitzers from the French government. Gardner was in all the major battles which the American Expeditionary Forces look part in, including the second battle of the Marne on Bastille Day, July 14, 1918. Gardner was hospitalized twice during the war once after he was gassed and once when he received a shrapnel wound. Late in 1918, Gardner’s family received notification of his death. Several weeks later, the Army corrected its mistake, explaining that it was not Roy E. Gardner who had died, but a man named Foy E. Gardner. Fortunately, Gardner's parents did not have to go all that time thinking their son had died. They remained hopeful because other soldiers from Carroll County had written home, saying they had seen Gardner. After the armistice, Gardner was sent to Germany for the Army of Occupation. Gardner also served his county during World War II and the Korean War. An Air Force officer, he was an instructor in flexible gunnery in the states. In civilian life, Gardner served as Carroll County Recorder from 1920-28. He is a charter member and lifetime member of the Delphi American Legion post. He was commander in 1929. Gardner moved from Camden to Louisiana in 1953. His brother, Charles Gardner still lives in Camden.