Chester William “Bill” Gardner Jr., 87, of Washougal, Wash., whose name was familiar in the logging enterprise throughout Baker County, died Aug. 22, 2005, at his home after an extended battle with cancer.
His graveside service was Aug. 30 at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Ed Niswender of Calvary Baptist Church officiated. Military rites were accorded by the Baker Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, No. 3048.
Bill was born on May 9, 1918, at Baker City to Chester William Gardner Sr. and Cora Young Gardner. He was raised and educated at Baker City. After graduating, he logged with his uncles until World War II was declared. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as a gunner. He served proudly for three years and then returned home to Baker City and the mountains he loved.
His working life then was dedicated to logging. Mining was another of his great interests, and he spent time mining whenever possible.
As a young boy he became fascinated with eagles. Learning about them created a love and respect that lasted his entire life. He knew where several eagle pairs nested in Baker County and faithfully visited the nests to check out the hatch.
Bill was an honest, hard-working man with a fearless spirit, great physical stamina and strength as well as being an optimist. His dedication to rugged interests proved those qualities.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rita; an only brother, David; and all of his aunts and uncles.
Survivors include his son, Frank Gardner of Burns; sister-in-law, Lorraine Gardner of Baker City; and several cousins.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 9, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor