William E. Gardner

April 22, 1941 - December 1, 2022

04/22/1941 - 12/01/2022

Past Services

Saturday December 10, 2022
2:00 pm
Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery
2020 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454
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Graveside Service

It is with much sadness that the family of William E. Gardner announces his passing on December 1, 2022. Bill died peacefully at home in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was born on April 22, 1941 in High Point, North Carolina to Hazel Owens and Willie Gardner. Bill was a graduate of North Carolina State University with a mechanical engineering degree in 1963. He enlisted in the Navy and graduated from Officers Candidate School in 1964. Bill was the class leader during SEAL Training with UDTR Class 38 at Little Creek Amphibious Base, which he completed in December 1966. While on active duty, Bill served in Underwater Demolition Team 22, 21, and SEAL Team 2. During his time in SEAL Team 2 he made a combat tour to Vietnam as platoon commander earning a Bronze Star with Combat “V”. After his service in the Navy he worked with his wife Ann at Ann Gardner’s Travel Service for many years. Ann and Bill were married on February 14, 1969 and went on to enjoy 50 years of marriage until Ann’s death in 2019. Bill and Ann have two sons William Jonathan Gardner and Owen Justin Gardner. Bill was a wonderful husband and father that tirelessly took care of his family. He was a hero to many but always remained a humble man. He will be dearly missed by family and friends. Bill is survived by two sisters Robyn Johnson and Ren Cole. The family would like to thank his niece Liz Marl RN and Doctor Richard Hatch for their diligent care during his last days. A graveside memorial will be held on Saturday December 10, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery, 2020 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454.

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Wallace Vanhoy
3 months ago

Bill Gardener was a good man, I am sorry to hear of his death

Charles Llewellyn
3 months ago

So sorry for your loss. Bill was indeed a humble and compassionate man who always voiced his love for his wife and sons in my office. He would repeatedly thank us for what we do for him, never mentioning what he did for all of us. I was humbled to know such a brave and selfless soul, and knowing his past through what I could garner through my questioning, I felt small in his presence. Truly a man among men. I pray for peace and comfort for the family and friends he left behind after a life lived that most of us fall far short of.

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
3 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of William E. Gardner, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Navy Veteran, William E. Gardner, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †