Dale A. Gardner

DIVIDE, Colo. – Funeral services for Dale A. Gardner, 65, of Divide, were held Feb. 25, 2014, in Colorado Springs, Colo. A private burial was held in Evergreen Cemetery.

Gardner died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Colorado Springs.

Dale Allan Gardner was born Nov. 8, 1948, in Fairmont, Minn., son of William and Alice Gardner.

He served in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the Aviation Officer School. NASA then selected him to become an astronaut in 1978 before returning to the Navy in 1986, where he served honorably until his retirement in 1990.

Survivors include: his wife, Sherry Gardner; daughter, Lisa Gardner Hoefler; stepdaughter, Erika Church; stepson, Christopher Church; two grandchildren; mother, Alice Gardner; sisters, Peggy Janka and Kay Zipse.