James D. Gardner, 76

Lithographer, veteran

February 09, 2007

James Donald Gardner, a retired lithographer, died Feb. 1 at his Parkville home of undetermined causes. He was 76.

Mr. Gardner was born in Baltimore and raised in Govans. He attended city public schools and was a member of the Maryland National Guard.

During the 1940s, he completed a lithographic apprenticeship at the American Bank Stationery Co.'s plant on Pulaski Highway.

From 1947 to 1950, he served in the Marine Corps and attained the rank of staff sergeant. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and worked as a lithographer until being discharged in 1956.

Mr. Gardner returned to American Bank Stationery - which later became part of American Standard Cos. - where he rose to the position of regional manager. He retired in 1987.

Mr. Gardner enjoyed playing softball three or four times a week and swimming.

His wife of 54 years, the former Geraldine Brown, died in 2002.

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Parkville, where he had lived for a half-century.

Surviving are his wife of two years, the former Shirley H. Staylor; two daughters, Kathy Gardner of Baltimore and Donna Plumridge of Surry, England; and two grandchildren.

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