INDEPENDENCE — Jack J. Gartner, 84, of Independence died Monday morning, April 26, 2010, at Mercy Hospital in Independence.
Jack Junior Gartner was born Oct. 16, 1925, at Franklin to Jacob and Louisa (Semmerneg) Gartner. He graduated from Arma High School.
In 1942, Mr. Gartner joined the U.S. Navy and served on the destroyer U.S.S. Foote. He was discharged in 1946.
Gartner worked as a barber in the Mound Valley area for more than 35 years. He also worked for the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center. He moved to Independence in 1994.
He was a member of Grace-Memorial United Methodist Church, where he played bass and sang. He enjoyed music and was a member of the Kansas Oldtime Fiddlers and Pickers.
On Oct. 24, 1948, he married Mary Margret Rife. The couple later divorced.
On May 6, 1995, in Independence, he married Sarah Alice (Logsdon) Beck. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two sons, Larry D. Gartner of Odessa, Texas, and Ricky L. Gartner of Conway, Ark.; a daughter, Peggy S. Kerley of Parsons; three stepdaughters, Louise Littlepage, Alice Seifert and Ginny Davis, all of Independence; eight grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nine stepgreat-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Grace Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Willie Jones, pastor, and the Rev. Ginny Davis of Trinity Believers of Independence officiating. Burial will be at Mound Valley Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be performed by a detachment from the U.S. Navy. Friends may call from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at Penwell-Gabel Webb and Rodrick Chapel in Independence. The family will receive friends at the chapel from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday.