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Obituary: Gordon, John Edward Sr.

Fri., Jan. 10, 2014, midnight

Age 89

GORDON, John E., SR. (Age 89) John Edward Sr., passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family on January 5, 2014, in Wheeler, OR., of a brain tumor.

Born in Spokane, WA., on November 22, 1924.

He was a man of many accomplishments, but he felt the greatest of his life was his family.

His son, John Jr; daughters, Margie, Linda and Debbie brought him great gifts of grandchildren and great-grandchildren including, Wendy, Jeanne, Kelli , Stacy, Jennifer, Lisa and Alia, John III, Todd, Mark, Jesse, Amy, Lisa, Matthew, Ashley, Zach, Derrick, CJ, Vaughn, Jake, Brooke, Katie, Bethany, Ashley, Tori, Bradley, Nick, Trevor, Loryn, Alia, Mikey, Kaitlyn, Hannah, Noah and Michelle Vivien.

John was a pharmacist’s mate in the Navy during WWII, joining at 17, a merchant marine who traveled the world, a construction worker and a brakeman and conductor for the Milwaukee Railroad.

He retired and spent many years traveling to Alaska, Mexico and Arizona.

He would take grandchildren fishing, clamming, and camping in the desert, as well as trips to Mexico and Disneyland.

The nieces and nephews have wonderful memories of Uncle John who was so giving.

He never forgot a birthday.

He made the best chili in the world and everyone loved his huckleberry cheesecake, oh yes, don’t forget his Spam pancakes, so good.

He ran the Bloomsday Race in Spokane and always finished in the top twenty-five of his age group.

He was a golfer, a bowler, a Bingo player, a gambler, a runner, a hunter, a fisherman, and most of all a man who loved his family.

He has left a huge hole in our hearts, but we have so many memories and so much love with which to fill that emptiness.

John married the lovely and gracious Nedra Robinson Hannenkrat on December 28, 2000.

They spent the last thirteen years traveling to Mexico, wintering in Yuma, Az., and summering in Tillamook, OR.

He is survived by his wife Nedra, brothers Tom Nelson and Jack Gordon, his children; Margie and Jeff Hanson, John and Sharon Gordon, Linda and Gary Wagner, and Debbie and Bob Little, many grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by Maggie, his wife of 55 years; grandson Todd; and three sons in law, Rick, Bob and Dale; brothers Alfred, James, Richard, Robert; and sister Marge; parents Robert and Ada.

A special remembrance is due in-laws, Ruth and Don Sims, and Duane and Louise Lind, who held a special place in his heart these last 70 years.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice in the name of John E. Gordon Sr, or to The Hutton Settlement (; the children’s home where John and his siblings spent time after their mother’s death in 1929, that other children might find the courage to pursue their dreams.

A celebration of John Gordon, Sr.’s life will be held from 1:00- 4:00pm, Saturday, January 11th at the Steel Workers Union Hall, 14015 East Trent, Spokane Valley.


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