Mr. Reuben Allen Gardner was born May 29, 1966 the seventh child to William & Wilma Gardner in Detroit, Michigan. In his early years he attended New Creation Church of Apostolic Faith and he was a 1984 graduate of Mumford High School in Detroit, Michigan. After high school he served in United States Army, as a Ranger Special Operations Combat Medics in Iraq Operation Desert Storm upon an honorable discharge he relocated to San Antonio, Texas. Reuben married the love of his life Rachel, along with children Brandon and LaReuchel; grandchildren Ethan, Kamyrn and Kentrell. He is preceded in death by his mother (Wilma R. Gardner) father (William F. Gardner, Sr). Two brothers (Herbert Gardner and Michael Gardner) and sister, Mrs. Bertina M. Yates. Over the last 30 years, Reuben worked as a Sales Consultant at D.R. Horton and as a Finance Manager at Red McCombs Dealerships where his resiliency, empathy and networking abilities aided in his success. Reuben was devoted caring person with a gentle heart. He was a very loving self-sacrificing person who was truly family oriented. His concern for family and friends was always shown. His favorite past time ESPN sports, the L.A. Lakers and San Francisco 49ers while grilling for his love ones. Reuben took great pride in being the best husband, father, grandparent, and brother. Mr. Reuben Allen Gardner departed this life on February 28, 2021. He leaves to cherish his memory; devoted wife, Rachel; son, Brandon Lamont, daughter, LaReuchel Marshae; grandchildren Ethan Valentino, Kamryn Antoinette and Kentrell Alonzo of San Antonio , TX , two brothers, William F. Gardner Jr. (E. Jean), Chicago, IL, Gerald A. Gardner, Washington, D.C, and three sisters Mona Lisa Whiteside, Paducah, KY, Marguerite R. Gardner, Detroit, MI and Wilma R. Babb (Anthony) Detroit, MI, brother in-law Anthony D. Yates Sr. ,Detroit, MI ,sister-in law Pamela Baldwin (Gregory) San Antonio, TX and host of family and friends. In lieu of flowers, Donation may be made to wounded warrior project.

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  1. The memory of the young man, Reuben that called me Sis. Gayle and smiled when he shook my hand. It was a surprise when he found me on Facebook to reconnect after YEARS of not being in contact since our lives intersected @ NCC in his formative years. Lord, cover his wife, children, brothers and sister to allow them to breathe to keep the wonderful memories alive. Blessings. Gayle Jones-Smith

  2. He held onto me when I was a Baby, He would laugh, tell jokes, Bring all the Love, Positively to everyone in the family. That’s what was so great about him, I will miss him so much and I live you uncle Reuben.

  3. I remember the day when Mama brought our new brother Reuben home we were amazed by his reddish hair and color. As a child he was quiet and laughed often. I am so proud to be his big brother. We both loved being in sales/management countless strategy talks and laughs. Never a cross word between us. Kinda rare with family members. He never missed an opportunity to tell me he loved me each time we spoke.

  4. Our precious younger brother. Our mom was in the back of the church when her water broke. My auntie’s scruffy ran to their sister and grandma took us home. A few days later a baby boy Reuben was born. Reuben-Allen-Gardner joined the ROTC at Mumford High school in Detroit, Mi. He enlisted in the Army where the was sent to San Antonio,Tx and met Rachel. He called me and said “Marguerite I found my wife and she looks like you.” It’s been a glorious union of ❤️ for over 20 years. Praying for all of you❤️❤️🙏🏽

  5. My cousin Reuben, the last time we physically saw each other I remember your ever bright smile and great hug. I’m glad we had the chance to say, “I love you”. There are countless memories of all of the grands coming together at either our grandparents home or to each of the sisters’. I’m grateful for the time we shared and I will always keep the memory of you in my heart.

  6. What can I say or reflect upon. The night the ranger team was in full camouflage carrying out drills while ducking the cops? Or the citywide drill competition, or the Military Ball at Brodhead Naval Armory, or the fact that getting to shoot real weapons in the basement on the rifle range before school started, got us up and to the school at 0600? I could go on. I’ve ALWAYS remembered those days fondly with a healthy dose of nostalgia. We both became soldiers in the U.S. Army. Reuben was a friend, and though we hadn’t seen each other in years, we were only 3 hours away with some joint brisket plans in the works. It is unreal that he’s gone. May God bless all of those he had to leave here, especially Rachel and their family. If you ever need something that we can supply, we’re 4 hours up the road and ready to help where we can… Dallas Walker III

  7. Cousins, our deepest condolences and love are sent to you today. With Love, Sheree Kennedy Thomas and Family.

  8. Another one of Olivia’s grands has joined her and the rest of our departed love ones. Reuben will missed and never forgotten. Love and blessings , Lavada and EL

  9. RIP, Brother G. Thanks for being a cool giant. Rachel,s Bestie, I appreciated your hospitality and overall cool spirit. Gone but never forgotten. To the Gardner Family God’s Love Always, Paulette R. Lovelace & Family. Shawn R Weaver Jr. & Jae The Weeks Family, The Bright Family.

  10. Booker Kennedy Family wishing you and your family peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

  11. Rueben you will truly be missed. One of the most caring and intelligent man I’ve met in my lifetime. I know we saw each other every now and then but it was ALWAYS love.

  12. First of all ,my condolences to the entire family of GMAN as we know him ,last time I remember G man ,we were at a little club called IRIE’S ,JAMAICAN club back in the days in sanantonio,he walked in with Shaquille O’Neil ,we had a good time ,will never forget .R.I.P my brother. Travel well .

  13. Strange to remember when someone is born, but I remember when Reuben was born. May he Rest In Peace. Cr

  14. Strange to remember when someone is born, but I remember when Reuben was born. May he Rest In Peace.

  15. My condolences to the whole Gardner Family who I love dearly. Reuben and I been knowing each other for a very long time. He was the little brother I always dreamt of and had. I been enjoying his smile and laughter all my life. He was always make me smile everytime i see his face and his face can light up a room. We share tons of memory together to pick one. You are going to be miss my brother and I will always love you forever. God got a great in you Reuben A. Gardner.

  16. Dear family, sending my love to all of you. Praying for God to enfold you in his faithful love and comfort you with cherished memories of our dear Ruben

  17. My deepest sympathy for your loss. I laughed when I read that he was quiet as a child because he must have saved all those words up for his adulthood! Your brother was a great friend and co-worker. He will be missed by us at DR Horton. I can’t imagine the loss his family is feeling as he talked about his family so often that you knew how much everyone meant to him. The entire Gardner family is in my prayers.

  18. To William, Jean, and family: You are in our prayers and may the memories of your brother bring smiles—from Ministers Christopher and Adrienne Claxton in Illinois.

  19. I haven’t quite figured out how will be without you! The one thing that comfort my heart, is the fact that you’re not suffering! We didn’t come from the same Womb, but you was my brother in every way. I was blessed to have had you to call, give advice, and care about me, as your sister! More importantly, I thank you for being a Big brother, and Dear friend, to our brother, C.J.! You’re the only one who could keep him in line. Now, you’ve left that major task to all of us. I owe you for that! I love you always & forever! Your sister in love, Charisma (Lady)❤️

  20. My sincere condolences. I have known Rueben since 1971!! We first met in Ms. Vann’s kindergarten class at Ella Fitzgerald Elementary in September 1971. We later went to high school together at Mumford High! He was always my man!!! Great friend and dear brother to the end!! He will certainly be missed!!!

  21. So sorry for your loss I always consider Reuben a brother. Though words can do little to comfort you at this time. May the thoughts and prayers of all those who loved him help and support you at this difficult time. Even as you mourn remember the good times. We pray that you be comforted by the good memories the caring of others and the healing power of Jesus Christ! Charle & Alex Pickens

  22. G Man you were always a cool brother, can’t tell you how saddened i was to hear this, although our time at Fort Sam was long ago, i still cherish the memories!! Rest In Peace brother you will be missed!!!

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