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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Uncle Jerry

You know how it is...
you have a post ready to go,
it's all about crafty stuff,
Then the phone rings...
and all of a sudden posting something about crafty stuff seems so irrelevant.

Yes, all of a sudden, you wish all you had to post about was crafty stuff.

If you have followed me for any amount of time, you've seen most of the pictures I'm about to show.
You've seen them here and here and here and here!
And, if you've followed me for any amount of time, you know how important family is to me, and how important we are to each other.

We love each other...
well...
most of us do!
(this picture was taken a year ago this month)
Blogettes it's been one tough year. 
And every time I start to say I'll be glad when this year is over,
I don't say it because I'm afraid what next year will bring! 
I wish I wasn't serious, but I am.
On Thursday, I got a phone call, that this man who has been in my life forever
had a massive heart attack, and was in ICU.

This was taken in 2012. 
We went out for breakfast to celebrate Mom and his birthday.
He is my Mom's twin brother.


 And Dad always jokes that he was friends with him, before Mom!
And it's true, he was!
They hung out together, joined the army together,
got a job at Chrysler together...
then Dad married his twin sister!
They are always joking around.

This was taken a  few years ago at my sister's house.
That's him, on the left.  The two men are his brothers.
And there's Mom in the center.
I imagine they will miss him the most.
 
 

Our family is always joking around,
  always playing a game,
 always laughing,
 always having fun.
And always loving each other.

  I have a lot of other pictures of him with other members of our family, but it just seemed like to much effort to dig them out.  This is a very small part of our family. 
You can see a family reunion here, to get an idea.  And for family members who read this, if you click on any of the highlighted "here's" in this post, you can read other blog posts with Uncle Jerry in them.
Uncle Jerry was married, but didn't have children of his own.  He had all of us though. 
And he had a lot of step-children and grand children. 

He had a massive heart attack Thursday morning, and passed away Thursday afternoon.   
He will be missed terribly by all of us.


Obituary

May 8, 1935 - November 9, 2017

Gerald "Jerry" Gordon, 82, of Kokomo, passed away Nov. 9, 2017. He was born May 8, 1935, in Logansport, to William Russell Gordon and Nellie B. (Beeler) Gordon.
Jerry attended Washington grade school and Riley school. He volunteered for the army and served in Germany from 1954 to 1956. Upon his return to the states in 1956, he married Jean Ann Johnson. He was a stepfather to her children, Carol Gusman, John Johnson, Gary Johnson, Jake Johnson, Ernest Johnson and Steve Johnson; and several step-grandchildren. They were together until her passing in 1978.
Jerry also began a career at Chrysler Corporation in 1956, retiring after 30 and 1/2 years of service with them.
He was also a member of UAW 685 for 61 years.
On April 5, 1985, he married Cornellia (Holloway) Arnett, who survives, along with his stepdaughters, Lucy (Ed) Bishop and Cathy (Thomas) Boyle; seven grandchildren and their spouses; and 23 great-grandchildren. His stepson Tilford Arnett, Jr. preceded him in death.
Jerry is also survived by his twin sister, Geraldine (Charles) Rush of Kokomo; brothers, Russell (Betty) Gordon of Logansport and Emory (Nancy) Gordon of Logansport; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and first wife, Jerry was preceded in death by his sisters, Velma Jean Hardy and Irene McDonald; and brother, Carl William Gordon.
After retirement, Jerry kept busy helping his wife repairing and managing rental properties and their farm. He enjoyed traveling and watching old movies.
Family will receive friends at Sunset Memory Garden, 2097 W. Alto Road, Kokomo, IN 46902 Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with services to follow. Reverend Patrick Allen Boyle, from Port Washington, Ohio, will be officiating the services of the life of Grandpa Gordon. Jerry was a loving husband and a good stepfather, grandfather and great-grandfather.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kokomo Humane Society, 713 N. Elizabeth St., Kokomo IN 46901 or the Kokomo Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 476, Kokomo, IN 46903
Published on November 11, 2017
(From the Kokomo Tribune)

11 comments:

  1. Cindy, I am so very sorry. Some losses are harder to take than others-it sounds like this is going to be a really tough one for all of you. It sounds like he was a wonderful man with a sense of humor and a warm heart.

    While you will miss him, Heaven just got lucky. I fully believe you will all be joined at a big family table again someday....but....that doesn't make today any easier.

    God bless your family as you go through these next few days and weeks and months adjusting to your loss. xo Diana

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    1. Thanks Diana. I believe we will all be together again too. And right now, if they are all sitting at a table, they are playing a game of cards!

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  2. So sorry to hear of your loss, it's never easy to lose a loved one.

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  3. Cindy, I am so sorry for your lose of a wonderful uncle. It seems he loved and was loved . I am sure he will be missed by your parents so much. Twins have a connection, so your mom will be heartbroken. Sending hugs to all of you. Please try to take care of yourself, while you are caring for everyone. You've been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. Love you, xoxo,,Susie

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    1. Thank you Susie. I appreciate the prayers. Sure do need them right now.
      Cindy

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  4. My sincere condolences on the loss of your uncle. This post is a fine tribute to the person he was.

    May his soul rest in peace! May God strenghten the family at this time of grief!

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  5. Oh, I'm so sorry you lost Uncle Jerry. It's hard no matter how they go. Hang on to all those good memories and you'll still feel the love. Hugs

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