The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Thursday, May 4, 1905
'Passed Away Suddenly at His Home in Chicago Last Thursday.' ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
FRANK N. GARDNER, son of N.B. GARDNER of this city and formerly of Chariton, died suddenly at his home in Chicago last Thursday morning, May 4, 1905. he attended to his usual duties on Monday but on Tuesday and Wednesday did not feel well and remained at home although he attended to considerable business by telephone. Wednesday night about midnight he was taken seriously ill, complaining of a severe pain in the region of his heart. His wife summoned a physician but before he arrived MR. GARDNER passed away. For several years he had suffered at times with Bright's disease but his condition was not considered critical. The remains were brought to Chariton on Friday night and on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock largely attended funeral services, conducted by Rev. M.G. Munn, were held at the home of his sister, MRS. B.R. VANDYKE, after which interment took place in the Chariton Cemetery.
FRANK NELSON GARDNER, son of MR. and MRS. N.B. GARDNER, was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, on December 29, 1854. When but nine months old he came with his parents to Chariton and grew to young manhood here. He was employed in the custom house in New York City for four years after which he returned to Chariton and was in the employ of Swift & Co. He was again married at that place on July 12, 1899 to MRS. ANNA DELCOMMUN, who survives him. Three years ago they moved to Chicago where he continued in the employ of Swift & Co.
When notified of his death his employers were greatly grieved and spoke of him in the highest terms. He was a kind-hearted, honest man, and here in Chariton where his boyhood and school days were spent he had a host of warm friends. The greatest desire of his heart was to return to this place to live and this he hoped to do in the coming year. His death was a great shock to his relatives and many friends here. Besides his wife he leaves two step children, a father, N.B. GARDNER of this city, two brothers, DELL (?) and FRED GARDNER of Chicago, and two sisters, MRS. VANDYKE and MRS. G.W. WILTSEY of this city. These sorrowing ones have the sympathy of this community in their great grief.