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Robert T. Gardner

March 7, 1938 — November 9, 2022

Bob was born to Truman Perry Gardner and Roberta Galloway Gardner on March 7, 1938 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was a graduate of Saint Paul Academy and Yale University and also attended the University of Minnesota. Bob had a lifetime commitment to his Fraternity, Chi Psi where he was originally initiated both at the University of Minnesota and Yale University. Bob served as the President of Chi Psi while at Yale. After graduation, Bob served as the Chi Psi Executive Council Chairman. He also served on the Chi Psi Educational Trust, the Board of the Northwestern Chi Psi Educational Foundation, Inc., and the Board of the Alpha Nu Trust Fund, Inc. Chi Psi honored Bob’s lifelong commitment to service by awarding him the Distinguished Service Award which is their highest honor. Bob was also very active in local government and served on the Dellwood City Council and was elected the Mayor of Dellwood in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Bob was also active in the Wildwood Lion’s Club. Throughout his business life, he was the owner of several companies before his retirement. After his retirement, his interests centered on golf and travel (particularly if the destination had 18 holes). When he wasn’t travelling, Bob could be found on the White Bear Yacht Club golf course.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 61 years, Jacquelyn Broden Gardner, and his son, Charles. He is survived by his children, Stephen (Cindy), Lucy Davis (Craig) and Herbert (Shelley), grandchildren, Stephen, Anne, Wiley, Jackson, Peri, Chloe, Johnathan and his brother, James (Joan). He is also survived by his beloved dogs, Charley and Abby.

Bob was loved by everyone who knew him and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He has now pulled his last pin, sunken his last putt and retired to the 19th hole to prepare for the next game.

Great Round, Bob!

A memorial reception will be held on December 3, 2022 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at The White Bear Yacht Club, 56 Dellwood Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110 . Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Animal Humane Society, 845 Meadow Lane N, Golden Valley, MN 55422 or online at

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