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Robert "Big Bob" A Gardner
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Robert "Big Bob" A Gardner

September 26, 2019

Robert “Big Bob” Gardner, 74, of Chippewa Falls, WI passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2019 in Eau Claire, WI with his family by his side.

Bob was born November 8, 1944, in Eau Claire, WI to Arthur and Virginia (Anderson) Gardner. He graduated from Memorial High School in 1962. He served in the Army from 1961-1964 and spent time in Korea and Puerto Rico.

Bob married Sonja Dunn in 1961 and together they had two sons, Robert “Bobby” Gardner Jr. and Joseph “Joe” Gardner. They later divorced in 1989. Bob later married Vickie (Berzinski) Gardner in 1994.

Big Bob loved cars. From the well-known red Rolls Royce convertible to the numerous limos he owned over the years. He opened Bob & Joe’s Auto Sales in 1971 in Chippewa Falls, WI where he spent many years working with his brother-in-law Randy Bauer and his son Joe. He spent lots of time entertaining friends and family. He spent many years shooting trap for various teams at the Pines Ballroom in Bloomer, WI. He enjoyed history and anything to do with World War II including collecting old memorabilia. His numerous hats and t-shirts he wore would bring more than a smile to most people’s faces.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Vickie Gardner; his sons, Robert (Susan) Gardner Jr. of Eau Claire, and Joseph (Andrea) Gardner of Eau Claire; grandchildren, Joseph Gardner Jr. and Jordyn Gardner both of Chippewa; siblings, Gregory (Patricia) Gardner of Altoona, Monica (Randy) Bauer of Eau Claire and Scott Gardner of Eau Claire; nieces and nephews, Brad (Amy) Gardner, Trever (Tammie) Bauer, Trista (Chris) Lontz, Kalena Berzinski, Sarah Mitchell, Samantha (Tom) Mitchell, Stephanie (Rockey) Locke, Shelby Mitchell, Mila Mitchell, Rachelle Berzinski, Connie Grimm, Janelle (Joe) Mitchell, and Melinda (Craig) Oliver.

A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held Tuesday, October 1, 2019, from 3-7 pm at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive, Altoona, WI, and from 7-10 p.m. at Chippewa River Distillery, 402 West River Street, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.

Visitation

A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held Tuesday, October 1, 2019, from 3-7 pm at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive, Altoona, WI, and from 7-10 p.m. at Chippewa River Distillery, 402 West River Street, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.

Service

A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held Tuesday, October 1, 2019, from 3-7 pm at Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life Center, 1717 Devney Drive, Altoona, WI, and from 7-10 p.m. at Chippewa River Distillery, 402 West River Street, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.

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Condolences

  • Lyle Strasburg Vicki so sorry for your loss.

    September 30 at 9:39pm

  • Lyle Strasburg Vicki, so sorry for you loss, enjoyed spending time with you and Bob at your parties.

    September 30 at 9:12pm

  • Jean Starkmann Bob was loved by many & will be deeply missed. He could always tell a good story. Make you laugh. Easy to be around. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy to those closest to him.

    September 30 at 9:43am

  • Randy Lambertus Family Thank you for sharing Bob with our family. That raised eyebrow, impish crooked smile and clever comments are lasting memories for us. Bob taught us a lot and helped to make our lives more full. With heartfelt sadness, Randy Lambertus’ Family

    September 29 at 10:37PM

  • Sharon & Dick Shea Greg and Patty sympathy to you and your families.

    Sharon & Dick

    September 29 at 2:56PM

  • kathy welke Vickie I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts are with you and your family.

    September 28 at 8:54PM

  • Jen Barnum Joe and family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I will be keeping your family in my thoughts during this difficult time. My sympathies to you all. -Jen

    September 28 at 4:40PM

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