Memorial services for Kenneth Gail Gordon of Grass Valley will be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
Mr. Gordon died Wednesday, Jan. 1, at a local medical facility. He was 71.
He was born on Dec. 6, 1931, in Miami, Okla., to Gail and Delia (Heman) Gordon. He moved from Oklahoma to Cedar Ridge with his family at the age of 7. He attended Union Hill Elementary School and graduated from Grass Valley High School in 1950. He married Patricia Ann Burgin on July 27, 1952, in Reno, Nev.
He worked for JC Penney Co. and PG&E until 1955. In 1956, he went to work for Metropolitan Life Insurance. In 1964, he joined Curnow Halls Associates in Nevada City – which later became Gold Cities Insurance – where he worked until he retired in December 1994. He was a past master counselor of DeMolay and a member of the Madison Lodge No. 23. He was a Past Associate Bethel Guardian of Jobs Daughters and a member and past president of the Rifle, Rod and Gun Club. He was also a member of the Nevada City Elks Lodge No. 518. He enjoyed gardening, and dancing – especially to Big Band music. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time at the Fuller Lake Lodge with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patricia A. Gordon of Grass Valley; daughter, Joanie Hodkins of Grass Valley; daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Jeff Mason of Grass Valley; grandsons Tyler Woodford and Andrew Barns of Grass Valley; brother and sister-in-law, Hugh and Lucille Gordon of Grass Valley; niece, Cindy Kincheloe of Grass Valley; nephew, Greg Gordon of Davis; brothers-in-law Steve Burgin of Oregon and Pete Burgin of Rancho Cordova.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gail Gordon in 1983; mother, Delia Gordon in 1981; and grandson, Kenneth Gordon Woodford on Jan. 26, 1983.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation Alzheimers Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 1810, Grass Valley 95945.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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