Scot 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.