Gridley-Clinton J. "Joey" Gardner IV, 19, of Gridley, IL passed away at 4:59 am on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
He was born on October 18, 1997 in Bloomington, IL a son of Clinton J. "Joe" and Angela Leach Gardner, III. Joey was a freshman at Heartland College in Bloomington and worked for the Gridley Pool and El Paso Recreation Department.
He is survived by his parents, Joe and Angela Gardner of Gridley, one brother, Greyson Gardner of Gridley; maternal grandparents, Janet Leach and Otis (Jerri) Leach all of Chenoa; several aunts, uncles, and cousins and his special friend, Shelby Edwards of Gridley.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Clinton J. "Joe" Gardner, Jr. and Judith Gardner.
Joey was very active in both his church and school activities. He attended Grace Fellowship Church and was involved with the youth group at Christ Community Church. He was a 2016 graduate of El Paso-Gridley High School where he participated in football, basketball, baseball, track and field, and the high school play.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Christ Community Church in Gridley. Rev. Josh Gates and Rev. Andy Huette will officiate. Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 2-7 pm at the Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. Burial will be in Gridley Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the Joey Gardner Memorial Fund in care of Flanagan State Bank or to Grace Fellowship Church in El Paso. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.
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