Verlyn "Vern" Charles Gardner

November 28th, 1934January 24th, 2021

Verlyn (Vern) Gardner was born in the family farmhouse on November 28, 1934 in Yuma County, Colorado, the youngest of 7 children born to William H. and Retta Hartsook Gardner and departed this life on January 24th, 2021 at the age of 86.

Vern was raised on a farm north of Eckley, CO. His first 8 years of schooling were in a rural one-room school, Pioneer School #69. He attended Eckley High School until the middle of his sophomore year. His family relocated to Berthoud, CO where Vern attended and graduated from Berthoud High School.

Vern was a Boulder County resident for 57 years, 42 of those years were spent in the Louisville area and the city of Louisville. He and his wife lived the last few years as residents of Anthem Ranch in Broomfield.

Vern married the former Shirley Ann Winter on December 13, 1953 at the First Presbyterian Church of Longmont. They were lovingly married until Shirley’s passing in 2018.

Vern was president of Gardner Company, Inc., a building construction firm for over 40 years. The company office was on West Pearl St. in Boulder for many years. They received many awards for the homes, houses of worship, and commercial projects they built.

Throughout his entire life, Vern was an active participant in his community. He was a 50-year member of Boulder Valley Christian Church having served as Trustee, Deacon, Elder, committee member and Chairman of the Board.

Vern was a baseball umpire and served as President of Thunderbird Little League and the Boulder Baseball Association. He was a charter member of the Boulder Breakfast Optimist Club, serving as Honor Club President, Secretary/Treasurer, and chairing numerous committees along with many years of perfect attendance. He served the Colorado Wyoming District of Optimist International as a Distinguished Lt. Governor and Distinguished Governor, along with chairing many district committees. He served Optimist International as a Vice President and member of the International Board of Directors. He was also a member of the Optimist International Foundation Board of Directors.

Vern was a founding member of the Erie Chamber of Commerce and served on their board of directors. He served as a member of the organizing committee of the Erie Economic Development Council and then served as its first President.

He volunteered for Attention Homes in Boulder and received Channel 7’s “Everyday Hero Award” for his work with the organization. He was a lifelong member of BPOE 566 in Boulder.

Vern enjoyed many sports, playing baseball, basketball, and racquetball as well as a fan of the Colorado Buffs Football (where he had season tickets for 47 years), the Colorado Rockies, Nuggets, and Broncos.

He and Shirley loved to travel. They visited most of the states, Europe, Israel, Africa, and several trips to Mexico and Costa Rica. Vern had a keen sense of humor and enjoyed hearing and telling good stories.

Vern is preceded in death by his loving wife, Shirley Gardner, his parents, Daughter-in-law Teri Gardner, and all 6 of his siblings.

Vern leaves behind his 3 sons, Dr. William (Jeannie) Gardner of, Robert (Debbie) Gardner of Thornton, CO, and Gene Gardner of Ft. Lupton, CO; his grandchildren, Dr. Ryan (Kristine) Gardner, Jessica (David) Golden, Aaron Gardner, Eli (Adele) Gardner, Jacob Gardner, Sarah Hudek (Steven), and Nicole Gardner; seven great grandchildren, Serena, Xavier, Devyn, Alice, Bryn, Ruthie, and Evie; and sister-in-law Hazel Gardner of Eckley, CO.

Memorial gifts may be given to the Boulder Valley Christian Church, 7100 Baseline Rd., Boulder, CO 80303 or the Optimist International Foundation, 4494 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108.


A viewing will be held for Vern on Monday, February 1st at Darrell Howe Mortuary from 1pm to 4pm.

We are allowing a maxiumum of 10 people in the building at one time. We also require everyone wear a mask while in the building and maintain social distancing guidelines. Thank you for your understanding.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 2nd at Boulder Valley Christian Church at 1pm. Immediately following the service we will process to Louisville Cemetery.

The church is allowing a maximum of 100 people in their building for the service. Everyone will also be required to wear a mask while in the church and maintain social distancing guidelines. For any other questions, please call (303)494-7748


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Vern was a very good friend to us. We attended the Young at Heart together as well as Fellowship Four Group at BVCC. He always had a smile and wanted to know how we were doing. We will miss him Ron & Carolyn Stokley.