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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Fred John Gardner
November 21, 1938 - November 19, 2020

Place of Birth: Fairview, Montana
Residence: Williston, North Dakota
Age: 81

Fred John Gardner was born on November 21, 1938 in Fairview, MT to Delbert and Bernice (Elletson) Gardner.

Fred grew up in Fairview, Montana and attended school the family moved to Frenchtown Montana for a short period of time. Fred move back to Fairview and lived with his sister Frances and Eddie Buxbaum, later that year his father Deb was killed in a truck accident while moving back to Fairview. After high school he married Phila Artz and they began their Life together.

Fred worked for various farm service companies. In 1964 he started farming in the Buford area. He farmed in this area for 32 years. In the fall of 1993, he suffered a severe stroke. He fought very hard to recover never giving up. He lost his son in an airplane accident while in recovery. He continued farming with Ken and Karee after his stroke. He sold the farm to Ken and started an auctioneer business continuing to work on his recovery. He later retired and traveled, visiting with friends and family. He bought a place in the mountains in Frenchtown, Montana where he trained colts.

Fred loved working with horses and was good at it. He then moved back to the family farm where he continued working with horses. He spent a lot of time at his nephew Doug Buxbaum’s ranch in Phillipsburg, he loved it there and spoke of it often. While at the farm in his later years he rode his horse Cody daily, it was the best therapy you could ask for. He spent his final days at Bethel Lutheran nursing home where they took amazing care of him until he passed away. Throughout his life he had many setbacks but his faith never faltered, he never gave up trusting in God.

Fred was very active in the community and AA where he was loved by many. He served on local school board, beet growers association serving as vice president for many years, he was chairman of the Mon-Dak bridge association and worked hard with fellow farmers in the area and got that bridge built. He served on the Buford Trenton irrigation District many years. He was a very respected farmer. He left his family a great legacy.

Fred John Gardner was preceded in death by his father, Delbert; mother, Bernice; brother, Donald (Bud); sister, Frances; 2 sons, Lee and Rick; daughter, Debra Fay and grandson, Mark.

He is survived by his sisters, Mickey Berna, Jane and Jeanne; daughter, Karee; son, Ken daughter-in-law Cindy and granddaughters, Christi and Kimberly; grandson, Matthew and great grandchildren, Aliyah, Kobee, Jada, Tyler and Jaxon

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Chad and Becky Byrne (WILLISTON, ND)
Nov 20, 2020
Our thoughts are prayers are with you Karee and Ken and your families . we love you .
Gregg Aune (Maple Grove , Minnesota )
Nov 20, 2020
All my love, thoughts and prayers for the entire Gardner family. I was saddened by the passing of Fred, my memories are many and I will always remember his infectious smile.
Pat Wilson (Silver City, NM)
Nov 22, 2020
I was deeply saddened to hear of Fred's passing. During a rough patch in my life, he helped me more than I could ever repay.
My sincere condolences to his family.
Brenda St Pierre (CIRCLE, MT)
Nov 23, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sorry for your loss.
Nov 24, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family. Sending much Love and many hugs
LeRoy J Martinson (Minot, ND)
Nov 24, 2020
I first met Fred up at Mercy recovery he done a 12 by 12 that meeting on Tuesday night up there and went to lots of meetings with him over the years my my sincerest condolences to Fred's family and friends may he rest in peace
Pam Rasmussen (West fargo, Nd)
Nov 26, 2020
Sending heartfelt sympathy to you Karee, and your entire family in the loss of your father.
Randy Jones (Sidney, Mt)
Nov 30, 2020
My prayers and condolences to the Gardner's. I always enjoyed visiting with Fred . I saw him a lot when he was a farmer growing sugar beets. I will always remember him as the main person in getting the bridge built across the Missouri River north of Fairview. May the LORD bless you all.
Ken Cayko (Billings, MT)
Nov 30, 2020
Just heard of Fred's passing. My condolences and prayers to the whole family. He was good man and friend. Have many memories.
Cheryl R Garr (Missoula, Montana)
Dec 1, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are will all of you! It is so hard losing our parents. I have so many amazing memories with you all!
Dale and Babe Hurley (Fairview, ND)
Dec 2, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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