Austin M. Gardiner passed away peacefully early July 7, 2016, at the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor. He was born Dec. 14, 1926, son of the late Rufus and Laura Gardiner.
He was predeceased in 2013 by his wife, Janet E. (Nutt) Gardiner. He is survived by two sisters, Bea Bryant and Pearl McFarland; three sons, Wayne and wife, Lucille Thorndike, Randle of NC and Myles and wife, Nita, of Brooks; two daughters, Sandra Cleaves of Brewer and Cheryl Proudlove and husband, Glenn, of Tenn.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Austin was a WWII veteran and was very proud to serve his country. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and gardener. Austin loved the outdoors.
You may pay your condolences 1-4 p.m. July 17 at the American Legion Hall in Unity. Burial services will be held 2 p.m. July 19 at the Veterans Cemetery in Augusta, along side his wife, Janet. In lieu of flowers, Austin would like donations made to American Legion Post #50, as he was a lifetime member. Donations will benefit veterans and their families.