Douglas L. Gardiner, 70

Douglas L. Gardiner, 70, of Allegan died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family. Doug was born May 24, 1944, in Liberal, Kan., the son of Earl and Marie (VanBuskirk) Gardiner.  
Doug was a great son, father, grandfather and friend. He was very supportive and encouraged his children to be passionate about whatever they did. He loved the game of golf and passed that love onto his children. He worked at Ot-Well-Egan golf course for several years as well as The Lynx and Cheshire Hills. Doug and Lynn ran the restaurant at Ot-Well-Egan for more than 14 years. They also had a catering business that kept them busy. He loved the simple things in life, coffee with friends, golf, cribbage, fishing, winters in Arizona, and taking time for friends and family.
Doug retired from General Motors in Kalamazoo in 1996, with more than 30 years of service. Later in life Doug came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and found great comfort as he battled cancer. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.  
Surviving are his wife Lynn; three children, Christa and Carl Braun, Joe Gardiner and Craig and Debra Gardiner; six grandchildren, Chase, Kinslea, Kailyn, Carly, Lindsey and Zach; two great-grandchildren, Reagan and Leo; and his mother Marie Gardiner.   
He was preceded in death by his father Earl; his grandson Clayton; and his sister Linda.   
Friends may meet with the family on Monday, Dec. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m., with the Rosary recited at 5 p.m. at Gorden Funeral Residence, Allegan Chapel, www.gordenfuneral.com. Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, Dec 30, at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with the Rev. Alan P. Jorgensen, celebrant.  
Memorials may be made to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church; Wings of Hope Hospice, 530 Linn St., Allegan, MI 49010; or Allegan Sports Boosters, 1560 M-40 North, Allegan, MI 49010.  
Graveside services will be later in the spring.

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