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Prince Gardner Jr.

Prince Gardner Jr.

Jan. 1, 1952 – Feb. 15, 2020

Prince Gardner Jr., 68, was born on Jan. 1, 1952, in Montgomery, Ala., the son of Prince Sr. and Maggie Lee (Harris) Gardner.

Prince Gardner Sr. preceded him in death.

Prince was the first of 10 children. He and his parents moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1953. He attended Burnside Elementary Scholastic Academy, Chicago, Ill., until his family moved to Rochester in 1968.

Prince graduated from Culver Community High School in 1970 and had worked at the Culver Military Academy. Prince grew up knowing about God. At the age of 19, he accepted a job with General Motors in Detroit, Mich., working there for more than 30 years before retiring in 2009.

The oldest of 10, he led by example in helping on his grandparents’ and parents’ farms along with his other siblings by planting various crops and tending to the many animals on the farms. Prince was faithful in all the things he did. He loved to work outside doing landscaping for family and friends.

Prince was a very loving and caring soul and a gentle giant and had a very infectious smile. He loved his family and took every opportunity to be close to them. If he heard family was coming in from out of town, he would always be one to join and fellowship with them during their visit. Prince enjoyed helping other people. He loved watching sports, old Westerns and action movies.

In October 2019 Prince moved to Indianapolis to be closer to his family. There he enjoyed celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and his own New Year’s Day birthday party, his first-ever birthday party with his family where he cried tears of joy.

During this time, his mother was in constant prayer with him to give his life and soul over to Jesus. His mom and family took care of Prince and loved on him.

Prince confessed Christ in the early morning on Jan. 29, 2020, with his family. On Feb. 15, 2020, God called Prince home. The Lord came to welcome him into His loving arms.

Left to cherish the fond memories of Prince are his mother, Maggie Lee Gardner, Rochester; his son, Prince Gardner III, Detroit, Mich.; siblings Gladys (Tommy) Hamer, Atlanta, Ga., David Gardner, Chicago, Ill., Melinda (Raymond) Salary, Michigan City, Jerome (Annetta) Gardner, St. Louis, Mo., Patricia (Jerry) Booth, Indianapolis, Glen Gardner, Rochester, Juanita Gardner, Indianapolis, Duane (Vanessa) Gardner, Indianapolis, and Elizabeth Coffey, Indianapolis; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

His funeral homegoing service will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 717 E. 10th St., Michigan City. Viewing before homegoing at the church is from 10-11 a.m. Saturday.

Repast is at the Michigan City Elks Lodge, 416 E. U.S. 20, Michigan City. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at the Leiters Ford Cemetery.

Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.

The family express their condolences and acknowledgments.

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