Ervil “Ardell” Garner, 88, of Middleton, died Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at Idaho State Veterans’ Home of double-pneumonia and Covid 19.
Ardell was born August 30, 1933 to Ervil “Buck” and Mary Garner in Jerome, ID. His family moved to Mountain Home, where he later graduated from Mountain Home High School.
And then he went into the military service. Naturally, living in an Air Force town, he signed up for the Navy. He’d answered his entire life up to then by Ardell, and he was quite surprised to learn that his first name was Ervil (after his dad). He asked Buck, “If you didn’t like the name, why did you give it to me?” Buck told him, “Your mom liked it.”
Ardell met his beloved Carol in 1960. She immediately knew she’d marry this charmer, and they married six months later. They were blessed with four daughters.
Ardell loved doing things with his hands – mechanical and building. He helped his family build their house in Mountain Home. He also had a passion for westerns. He loved Louis L’Amour (the original author), John Wayne & early-era spaghetti westerns. However, he eventually warmed up to modern westerns with actors like Sam Eliot, Tom Seleck and Harrison Ford.
Ardell was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, stepmother Marjorie, and two siblings: Clyde and Patricia. He is survived by his four daughters: Penny Vance, Kelly Garner, Mary Hudson & Melissa (Terry) Banta; 8 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and 6 siblings – Verlene (Richard) Davis, Florene Fierstos, Diane Dupont, Vicky Wise, Richard Garner, and Ron (Jean) Garner.
Due to family members under Covid quarantine, memorial services are delayed until spring 2022. Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Caldwell will be in charge of the service.
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