RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Frank Gardner, the father of Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell, has died after a long illness, the governor's office says. He was 87.
Tucker Martin, a spokesman for Gov. Bob McDonnell, says Gardner died late Saturday night at a nursing home in Springfield.
McDonnell canceled a ceremonial bill signing Saturday so that he could join his wife and family at Gardner's side.
Gardner was a Marine who served in the World War II battles of Iwo Jima and Saipan. He worked for the FBI and the State Department.
Besides daughter Maureen, he had eight other children. His wife, Geraldine Gardner, died a year ago.