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Obituary for Daniel Lee Gardner

Daniel Lee Gardner, 68, of Hickory, Mt. Pleasant Township, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2024, in Canonsburg Hospital.

Daniel was born on July 25, 1955, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Robert Benson and June Elizabeth Land Gardner.

Mr. Gardner an avid sports fan. He loved all sports and enjoyed even coaching his son’s baseball teams in his younger years. Daniel was a devoted Pittsburgh Steelers fan, making sure to never miss a game or cheer on a team that had beat the Steelers during the Superbowl (the Patriots). He also loved Larry Bird and enjoyed watching all his games in his prime.

Being outdoors and keeping active was a passion of Daniels. Daniel was a member of the Rod Gun Club in McDonald and the McDonald Sportsman’s Club. He even had his own camp in Tionesta that was his perfect oasis. Daniels glamping style of a camp, as his family calls it, was his home away from home. He was in his element being hands on working on his camp and teaching his sons the value of hard work.

There was nothing more important to Daniel than that of his family. When he married the love of his life, Linda 32 years ago, the two started on their greatest adventure together. Their marriage was blessed with an abundance of love, two sons and two grandchildren. Seeing his family grow was what made Daniel so proud. Being a Pap to his two grandchildren though was his favorite role. He loved every second of being a Pap. His grandchildren were always treated well and spoiled although it was very deserved. He created the most beautiful memories with them and the rest of his family that will now last a lifetime.

Surviving is his loving wife, Linda Liggitt Gardner, children, Travis (Randa) Liggitt and Benson Gardner, grandchildren, Ashton and Allison Liggitt, brothers, Robert (Marsha) Gardner and Ron (Linda) Gardner, along with brother and sister in laws that became his own, several nieces and nephews, and friends that became family.

Along with his parents, Daniel is preceded in death by his mother and father in-law, Ruth and George Liggitt, who became loving parents to him in this life.

Friends and family will be received on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Thonmas-Little Funeral Service, Inc., 314 W. Lincoln Ave., McDonald (724-926-2800). A Service will be held on Wednesday following the viewing at 8 p.m. in the funeral home.