Condolences for James L. Gardner

Bob Clifford posted on 2/3/18

To one of the best friends a man could ever have. We are all going to miss you. Go be with the Lord. We love you. Bob and Penny Clifford


Jennifer posted on 2/2/18

I remember him from when I was n high school he always had a smile on his face and he was just a good person


Don A.Schluter posted on 2/2/18

Very sorry to read this this morning...I had the greatest respect for Jim and Jack. I go back to 1961 Thru 1963 when both would be on college break and would come back to Feitshans High school to work with us on moves. During our adult years I stayed in contact with both, namely Jack at Southeast. My Prayers are with the family.


Kirby Rodgers posted on 2/2/18

Jim's legacy continues through his family, wrestlers, and many officials that have worked with him throughout the years. He had a heart for the sport and always was willing to promote the sport. He will always be with us!


Khris Whelan posted on 2/2/18

My memories of Coach Gardner go back to my High School days when my father had told me about his successful background as a High School and Collegiate wrestler. He coached with fierce intensity and showed such great passion towards ALL of his student athletes. This man lead by example. I remember when I had just taken over the Cahokia wrestling program and right before our dual took place, I was complaining to him about how difficult of a time I was having with keeping kids out and how some of my veterans were not attending practice on a regular basis....and I will never forget his reply to me as I was feeling sorry for myself complaining....He said "Khris, nobody is putting a gun to your head to do this... If you don't like it, change the atmosphere, or quit!" That statement hit me like a ton of bricks and every time we would run into each other at a tournament, we would just look at each other... smile and laugh, as I would always shake his hand and thank him for being the "TRUE COACH" that he was! He was a GREAT MAN AND has made such a huge impact on so many peoples lives....mine included. He will be sorely missed. My prayers go out to the whole Gardner family and relatives. He was one of a kind!


Tiffini Carpenter Moore posted on 2/2/18

So sorry to hear of Mr. Gardner’s passing. Anytime I would see him in the halls at LHS and say Hi Popeye, he would give a wink and toot toot! He’s a legend that’s for sure. Sending hugs to Marilyn and the kids.


Scott Starkweather posted on 2/2/18

To the Gardner family, I am so sorry for the passing of Mr. Gardner. I knew Mr. Gardner and his brother while wrestling in the late 70’s at Pleasant Plains. I had the upmost respect, and admiration for both Jim at Lanphier, and Jack at Southeast, and you could see the quality of both through how much they cared for their wrestlers, and obviously their families. My sincerest condolences to the entire Gardner family.