N. Marshall Gardner
October 25, 1928 ~ August 4, 2020
Marshal Gardner, 91, Sioux Falls, died Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, after a lengthy illness.
Visitation with family present will be 5pm-7pm, Monday, August 10, 2020, at Heartland Funeral Home, with Masonic Rites at 7pm. Private burial to follow at Hills of Rest, Sioux Falls, on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, with Full Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, Donations to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital are requested.
N. Marshall Gardner was born on October 25, 1928 to Alton and Aura (Moore) Gardner in Sioux Falls, where he was raised. He left for World War II at the age of 17 when he joined the Navy. He married Mary Ellen Germany in 1949, and to that union, they had three children, Janice, Pam and Craig. After the war, Marshall started Gardner’s Hardware in Worthing, SD. He built race cars in the back. This property is now the Worthing Dinner Theater. Later, he moved back to Sioux Falls and started Champion Gas Station on 14th & Cliff Ave. He sold life insurance for New York Life, sold cars for Jay Shon Chevrolet and Duke Tufty, and also sold mobile homes at his company, Gardner Trailer Sales. He later moved to Garretson and owned Jesse James Gas. He delivered parts for several companies in Sioux Falls, retiring at the age of 82. Marshall will be remembered for his great passion for racing and for starting Huset’s Speedway with Til Huset. Once he retired from racing, he enjoyed boating and camping with his family, and loved making fun memories at Lake Madison and Oakwood Lake.
Marshall was an active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Sioux Falls when his children were growing up. He also was a member of the Optimist Club, the Mason’s, and the Shriner’s in the Clown Unit. He was a member of the Sport’s Car Club. Marshall loved antique cars, and had quite a collection.
Marshall will be deeply missed by his two daughters, Janice Falk, Sioux Falls, and Pamela Larson, Sioux Falls; five grandchildren, Rachael Larson, Sarah Larson, Lena Larson Neeman, Rob Falk and Peter Falk; seven great-grandchildren, Ronnie Larson, Sadie Beck, Matt Tanksley, Lilly Tanksley, Nathaniel Neeman, Sophie Neeman and Sierra Lynde; two great-great-grandchildren, Kaydence and Ayla.
Marshall was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Craig Gardner; four siblings, Paul Gardner, Alice Thompsen, Chuck Gardner and Keith Gardner; his grandson, Matthew Larson; and great-great granddaughter, Alliah Larson.
Because of his positive attitude toward life, he made a difference every day for anyone that would have the good fortune to cross his path.