Norland “Skip” V. Gardner, 83, of Chetek, Wis., passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wis. He was born Oct. 1, 1935, in Winter, Wis., the son of Clara (Davis) and Charlie Gardner.
Skip was married Nov. 5, 1954, in Center City, Minn., to Marlene Selvig. Together they raised three children. He was a very hard worker, retiring from the logging business. Skip loved the outdoors, deer hunting, fishing, feeding his squirrels and, back in the day, he raced stock cars. He really enjoyed being a grandpa and a great-grandpa.
Skip is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marlene; children Kathy (Joe) Jacobs, of Barron, Wis., Jack (Donna) Gardner, of Chetek, and Lori (Holt) Spence of Hastings, Minn.; grandchildren Heather (Danny) Martino, Krystal Johnson and Ryan Zajic; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and two more expected in November. He is also survived by three sisters, Janell Severson, Charlotte Coleman and Cheryl (Dan) Treinen; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Matt Zajic; sister Leta Walsh; and three brothers, Norval, Clifford and Gale Gardner.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 25, at Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home, with Pastor Paul Poppe officiating. Family and friends may gather for a visitation one hour prior to the service. Please join the family for a luncheon and continued fellowship following the service at Faith Baptist Church. Inurnment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Dallas, Wis., at 2 p.m.
He was a great husband, father and grandpa, and will be forever in our hearts.
The Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home in Chetek has been entrusted with the arrangements.