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Scot GardnerScot Gardner, 43, formerly of Fountain City, passed away on Saturday, February 8.
Scot was born on May 1, 1970 in Richmond to Larry and Cheryl Fulton Gardner. Scot graduated from Northeastern High School in 1988, where he was a standout distance runner. His senior year, he finished third in the cross country state meet and closed out his high school career at the track & field state meet the following spring with a third-place finish in the 3200 meter run. Scotâs records in cross country, as well as the 1600 and 3200 meter run, are still intact 26 seasons later. Scot ran in college at Ball State University before enlisting in the US Marine Corps, where he served during Operation Desert Storm.
Scot worked at PCA Paper Mill in Georgia. He loved his animals and had rekindled his love for running.
Scot will be missed by his parents, Larry & Cheryl Gardner; wife, Christy Gardner; sister & brother-in-law, Deanna & Chris Forrest; brothers & sisters-in-law, Daryl & Nannette Gardner and Doug & Kim Gardner; daughter & son-in-law, Brandi & Trevor Steffen; son & daughter-in-law, Alan & Renee McBride; grandchildren, Khaeli, Alyssa, Kembrie, Kaden and Kohlby; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Scot was preceded in death by a son, Ricky McBride; maternal grandparents, Malcolm & Melba Ann Fulton; paternal grandparents, Kenneth & Betty Gardner; and a nephew, Lucas Malcolm Gardner.
A memorial ceremony will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City.
Family & friends may gather for visitation from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Northeastern Cross Country and Track teams, care of Northeastern High School, 7295 US 27 North, Fountain City, IN 47341.
To all of Scot's family and friends, I am so sorry. I ran track and cross country with Scot and always looked up to him so much. He not only had a gift for running, he realized it and had the drive to push himself to be the best he could be. I really admired that. Off-season was never an off-season for Scot. I remember feeling guilty about not running in the summer because I heard how many miles Scot had been putting in. I had no choice but to get out there and run, and I'm glad I did. I will never forget cheering for him at the state meets and I will always remember how humble he was about it all. I know how proud my father always was of Scot and he cherished the friendship they had. I will be praying for all of you.
Carla (Warvel) Trible Feb 23 2014 12:00 AM
Please know are thoughts and prayers are with you. You have our deepest sympathy.
Martha and Phil
Philip and Martha McQuiston Feb 22 2014 12:00 AM
To the Gardner family,
The most heartfelt condolences from our family to yours in this time of loss. Scot was a great friend and teammate in our time running the streets, tracks and courses together in high school and college and only wish we had maintained contact beyond our time at Ball State. Our prayers go out to all the family involved and we hope to reconnect with you in due time to hear of all the life's moments we have missed out on over the years.
Terry McCall and family
Terry McCall Feb 22 2014 12:00 AM
Wow. Seems that Scot ran this race of life at such a fast pace that he beat most of his peers to the finish line. I am proud of Scot. I remember his kind ways. I believe he has "graduated" now into eternity. He's probably challenging Jesus to a race right now. Proverbs 18:10. I send love to the extended Gardner family.
Angi (Snell) Kane Feb 22 2014 12:00 AM
Prayers going out to your family during this difficult time.
Shari (Stemple) Lewan Feb 19 2014 12:00 AM
What I remember about Scot was his smile and how he loved running. I am truly sorry for you lost and I know Scot will be remembered by this family. My prayers are with you during this time of mourning.
Mike Shroyer Feb 19 2014 12:00 AM
Our heartfelt prayers are with the Gardner family. Scot is missed dearly by a community who saw him achieve great things in his short life.
Robert Rhoads Feb 19 2014 12:00 AM
To all of you. Max and I were so saddened to hear of Scot's passing. What wonderful memories we have of being fortunate enough to be part of watching Scot's passion for running. Week after week, we watched and cheered as his accomplishments flourished. You, as parents and brothers and sister hopefully cherished his life with pride. He was a great kid and we too, are proud of his life. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts. To his wife and children, who we never got to know, we also are sorry for your loss. We will be there with you in spirit.
Max and Merilou Fulks
max and merilou fulks Feb 19 2014 12:00 AM
Cheryl, Deanna and Family, My heart hurts for you, will remember you in my prayers. God will help you, that I promise. Your memories will keep him in your heart.
Carol Cain Feb 18 2014 12:00 AM