Funeral services will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 29, 2006. The family will receive friends at Covenant Presbyterian Church from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. Military services at graveside, will be at Ridge Park cemetery in Marshall. Memorials are suggested to Covenant Presbyterian Church or to the Marshall Public Education Foundation, in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall.
He was born January 18, 1929, in Marshall, son of the late J.L. Gordon and Alma Hansen Gordon. On June 30, 1956, he married Janet Carolyn Haynie of Slater, who survives of the home. Additional survivors include two sons, Rev. James E. Gordon and wife Marcia, Weatherby Lake, and Daniel R. Gordon and wife Jennifer of Lee's Summit; grandchildren, Clair, Joel, Michael, Susan and Grace Gordon, a stepsister, Janey Waterhouse of Niles, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, Brenda, stepmother Fern Gordon, and stepsister Betty Ross. He was a member and elder of Covenant Presbyterian Church and served in several leadership capacities in the church.
He graduated from Marshall High School in 1946, attended Missouri Valley College, and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1950 with a B.S. in Agriculture. He joined the Coast Guard in 1950 and served as an officer aboard a Coast Guard Cutter. In 1953 he joined his father in operation of the Marshall Chick Hatchery. In 1967 the hatchery was sold, and he joined the staff of the Farmers Savings Bank. He retired after 24 years in 1991 to spend time at the Gordon farm.
Ed provided leadership for many organizations including serving as president, in 1964, of the Missouri Poultry Improvement Association and later as president of the Five County Bankers Association in West Central Missouri. His community activities included serving as president of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, School Board of Marshall Public Schools and Marshall Public Education Foundation. He served one term as a Trustee of Missouri Valley College and was presented an Outstanding Alumnus Award from the College.
Ed gave time to Boy Scouts for approximately 30 years. He and Janet were host parents of an AFS foreign exchange student, Eric Metselaar in 1977-78. He was recognized by the local FFA chapter as an Honorary Chapter Farmer.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a loyal friend and member of the community, always asking "What can I do for you?" He will be greatly missed.
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