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Dean Wesley Gardner, age 76, of Wyoming, Minnesota died peacefully on Monday, October 19, 2020 while surrounded by his family. Dean was born April 28, 1944 in Anoka, Minnesota the son of Glenn and Hazel (Richardson) Gardner. Dean graduated from Forest Lake High School, Class of 1962. Following high school, he attended St. Cloud State before enlisting to serve our country in the United States Navy. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Minnesota where he furthered his education at Miller Hospital, St. Paul and Logan Chiropractic School in Kansas City, Missouri; graduating with his doctorate in Chiropractic. Dean opened his first practice in Fairmont, Minnesota before opening Gardner Chiropractic in Forest Lake, Minnesota. He ended his medical career as a Radiology Technician at Mercy and Unity Hospitals, retiring in 2011. Dean was an avid fisherman, always looking for the next great Walleye spot and when he could not be fishing, he was hunting. He was united in marriage to Evelyn Shannon in 1982. In their retirement years they spent the summers on Big Sandy and their winters in Mesa, Arizona. Dean is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jerry. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Evelyn; children, Bill Gardner, Kimberly Gardner Speckman, Kelly Gardner Hodgson (Marty), James Dean Gardner, Shannon Gardner Tucci (Mario); grandchildren, Eric Gardner, Christian Gardner, Marina Speckman, Boden Hodgson, Finn Hodgson, Ava Hodgson; sister, Nancy (Jerry) Aljets; nieces, nephews, other family; former spouse, Jean Kraft Anderson; and friends.
Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, October 26, 2020 at Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake. A private family service will be held. Interment with full military honors at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. To ensure the safety and health of all in attendance, we will be following the guidelines of Executive Order 20-62. Please call for additional information.