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Place of Birth:
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Place of Death:
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Dale Ray Gardner

Dale Ray Gardner, age 66, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, passed away on April 10, 2013, at Inverness Village after a long battle with cancer. Dale was born May 8, 1946, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, to his parents Edward Dale Gardner and Dahlia Faye Gardner, both preceding him in death. Dale grew up in the state of Washington, graduated from Dewey High School, Dewey, Oklahoma and received his BA in history from Southern Illinois University. His MA in history was from St. Mary's University (San Antonio) and he received his JD from the University of Tulsa.

Dale retired from the private practice of law in October 2005, and from the US Army in December 1999. He served his country proudly during the Vietnam War. On December 27, 1969, he married the love of his life, Phyllis Weinschrott Gardner. They have lived in various parts of the country and retired to a full life at Inverness Village. Dale enjoyed, travel, reading, camping and trout fishing. He was currently serving as President of the Sapulpa Historical Society and on the Board of Directors for Inverness.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Gardner, sister Ann Ervin, brother Steve Allen Gardner (Becky), nephew Geoffrey Gardner (Julie) and their two sons, Chas and Will, and niece Valerie Gardner. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Helen Weinschrott, and two sisters-in-law. Additionally, he is survived by his dearest friends, David and Brandy Madden and Tina Bridgewater and her family.

A Memorial Service is planned for 2:00 pm, Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church of Sapulpa.

Condolences may be sent through the guest book on this page.

Service Information

Time: 18-Apr-2013 2:00 pm
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Sapulpa
Address: First Presbyterian Church, Sapulpa, OK


We offer our deepest sympathies on the loss of Dale Ray Gardner. Please offer a favorite memory of Dale on this memorial to share more of his life experiences with family and friends.
Our sincerest sympathy to Phyllis, Ann and Steve. We will be forever greatful that Dale and Phyllis got to come to Post Falls and Yuma for a visit. Phyllis, you were a wonderful wife and Dale's life was happy because of you. Thank you.
My sincere condolences to Dale's family and friends on his passing. When we were classmates at Dewey in the early sixties he was a very talented and fast member of the track team. He was always someone with a positive outlook that made your day better if you got the chance to talk with him for a while. It was way too soon to lose him.
It is so sad that we lost such a beautiful man with a beautiful heart may The Lord be with you and your family my prayers are with you rest in peace Dale.
I was saddened to learn of Dale's passing. He was a great officer and man--someone all could count on through "thick and thin."
I pray for God to bring you comfort & peace.
He was the best example of what a man should be and will be greatly missed. :(
Dale was the nicest man I have ever met. He told me to take care of myself and my mom. I will sir. May you sit at the feet of our father. We love you Dale.
Dale was a great friend, he was my customer for years.. RIP my Friend..Ill miss you. Walter
Aunt Phyllis, I wanted to take a moment to tell you how sorry I am about Uncle Dale passing. Though I've been away from OK for the last 10 years, I still hold some very fond memories of him. I remember the big gorilla (I think it was a gorilla) statue in your front yard. I always wanted to climb it, but my dad wouldn't let me... but Uncle Dale would! He'd always let us shoot bb guns in the creek in the backyard, which I thought was so cool. He also had the best laugh. I'm praying for you and want to leave you with one of my favorite scriptures. Romans 15:13 says, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." I love you and am here if you need anything. Val