Lester Joseph Gardner, age 93, passed away peacefully Friday evening, September 14, 2012, at the Christian Park Village in Escanaba.
Lester was born August 17, 1919, in Escanaba, the son of William and Lillian (Miron) Gardner. He was raised in Escanaba and attended St. Anne Catholic School. On August 5, 1942, Lester enlisted in the United States Army where he served with Company C 2829th Engineers Combat Battalion, throughout Europe, during WWII. During his enlistment, Lester received medals of accommodation which included, the Bronze Service Arrowhead, Good Conduct Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Ribbon. Upon his honorable discharge in November of 1945, Lester returned home to Escanaba and eventually acquired a position as a