A long-time member of the orginial Monday Niters, Isaac “Ike” Gardner Jr., 80, died on Thursday, December 4, at his home surrounded by his family.
Funeral services for Gardner will be held Friday (today) Dec. 12, at 11 a.m., at the St. James United Methodist church, located at 5540 Wayne. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church. Interment, will be Monday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. Leavenworth National cemetery, Leavenworth, Kas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alpha Phi Alpha Beta Lambda Chapter Scholarship Fund.
Gardner was born to Isaac Gardner Sr. and Hattie Mae Gardner on September 26, 1934. He was a life-time resident of Kansas City, Mo.
He completed his public education in the Kansas City. School district. He attended both the University of Michigan and Howard university, graduating from Howard in 1957.
He became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity May 5, 1954. He obtained his Master’s degree at UMKC.
He completed a mandatory two years of military service in the United States Air Force. After discharge, he returned to Kansas City and began teaching at Lincoln High school from which he graduated.
Gardner later worked as a school psychologist and followed with the position as Director of Pupil Services and Director of Special Education. During his time with the Kansas City School District he played a leadership role as the President of the Desegregation Task Force which assisted in desegregating the Kansas City School District.
One of his favorite past times was participating in the Monday Night Footballers. The present group has been together over 40 years. They meet every week during the football season to talk at each other’s homes or at local resturants
Left to mourn his loss is his wife, Lura Gardner of the home; daughters, Tia Alexander, Renee Gardner, Alicia Carlock (Lee); stepdaughter, Shelley Dillard, all of Kansas City, Mo.: stepson, Jay Woodall (Bettina) of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, Jessica Gray, Danielle Dillard, L. J. Sheppard, Isaiah Gardner, Gabrielle Lane and a number of other relatives and friends.
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