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Brian C. Gardner

April 29, 1967 ~ November 21, 2018 (age 51)

              Brian C. Gardner, age 51, of Viroqua passed away surrounded by family on November 21, 2018 at the Bland-Bekkedal Center for Hospice in Viroqua after a 13 month fight with brain cancer. Brian was born on April 29, 1967 in Viroqua to Orvin and Donna (Holt) Gardner.  He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1985. Brian married Tammy Kilen on July 24, 1993 and their daughter Amanda was born in 1997. Brian worked as a hired farm hand for several years.  He then worked at the Ford garage, Carquest, and River Valley Auto Sales.  He also spent countless hours farming the family farm with his Dad, which he especially enjoyed.  He also enjoyed restoring the family-owned antique tractors. Brian was a lifelong member of Liberty Pole United Methodist Church and also regularly attended his wife’s home church, Franklin Lutheran Church.

            He is survived by his loving wife Tammy; daughter Amanda (Ray) Huggins; brother Darin Gardner; sister Stacy (Jeff) Matson, niece Faith Gardner; nephews Jacob and Riley Gardner & Alan and Otto Matson. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and friends, as well as special friends Linda & Kevin Wilkins.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and infant nieces and nephews.

            Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, November 27th at the Liberty Pole United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jean Waldron officiating. Burial will take place in the Liberty Pole Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, November 26th at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua, as well as 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Online condolences may be left for the family at


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