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Gordon Ferron Troxel (1932 - 2012)

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Gordon Ferron Troxel December 22, 1932 - July 12, 2012 Gordon Ferron Troxel was called home to the Lord on July 12, 2012. He was born December 22, 1932, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Thomas Ferron and Juliet Troxel. When he was 5 years old, he became very ill with undulant fever, which required a warmer, drier climate to recover. His parents moved to Tucson, Arizona, where he recovered nicely. Later they moved to Ontario, California, and he attended Chaffey Union High School in Ontario, CA. Upon graduating from Chaffey Union High School in 1950, Gordon enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was sent to the Army Language School Presidio of Monterey, CA. He became fluent in the speaking, reading, and writing of the Russian language. He was then sent to Istanbul, Turkey, as an interpreter and translator of the Russian language. Just for fun, he has continued to use some of the Russian phrases and language. He loved to say some of those words, just to show off a bit. After returning home, Gordon attended the California State Polytechnic College in San Luis Obispo, CA, graduating in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture focusing on Animal Husbandry. When moving to Bakersfield, Gordon became a pharmaceutical representative for Pfizer Labs Inc., then E. I. DuPont Pharmaceuticals and GlaxoSmithKline Laboratories. He worked as a pharmaceutical rep for over 30 years, visiting doctors and hospitals in Kern, Tulare, Inyo, and Mono Counties. He received many awards for his sales abilities and congeniality with doctors, staff, and fellow sales reps. One of his claims to fame was wearing fantastic neckties each day, about which everyone commented. His ties were an important part of his attire each day. Gordon has been an active member in the Delano Wasco Lodge No. 309 of Free and Accepted Masons. He was given the honor of the prestigious Hiram Award in 2004. Gordon was a 32 Degree Mason in the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He has also been an active member of the Delano Elks. Fishing and camping were Gordon's most favorite vacation activities. He would drive to the beautiful mountains above Bishop, CA, to the 8000-foot level of the High Sierras, to Lake Sabrina, North Lake, and South Lake, and all the creeks and rivers in between. There he would camp and fish for up to two weeks each summer with his family and friends. That big Alpers trout he caught at North Lake was his most exciting catch! Another favorite was to go wine tasting in the Napa area, as well as the Central Coast and wherever there was an interesting winery to look into. He did enjoy a glass of good Cabernet whenever he could. Gordon was an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and followed the games as much as he could on TV. He did attend a game a few years ago and was given an honorary signed Dodger baseball. Gordon is survived by his wife, Janet, of 28 years; daughters, Deva Baker of Bakersfield, Lisa Shelton of Tulsa, OK, Cara (Ken) Thompson of Livermore, CA, Kersten Valentine of San Gabriel, CA; sons, Kent (Meg) Valentine of Austin, Texas, and Eric Valentine of Mission Viejo, CA; grandchildren, April Erlandson, Sgt.Travis (Erika) Harless, Ciera Baker, Lake Baker, Ray T. Baker, Daniel Baker, Nicole (Joey) Ferguson, Kristen Kinzel, Max Thompson, Ryan Thompson, Erin Thompson, Cailin Thompson, Randall Nordman, Cody Nordman, Benjamin Nordman, Sam Valentine, and Kit Kat Valentine; and great-grandchildren, Haley, Ashley, Elliott, Jimmy, Paige, and Keoni. Also, brothers-in-law, Paul (Kelly) Rasmussen of Caruthers, CA, and Virgil Rasmussen of Billings, Montana; sisters-in-law, Pauline (Jerry) McIntosh of Fresno, CA, and Gladys Price of Billings, Montana; nephews, Ryan (Jeni) Rasmussen, Wyatt and Shane, David (Meredith) McIntosh, Devon and Kimberly of Modesto, CA, and Brad (Stacy) McIntosh, Kyle and Leslie of Oakdale, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Ferron and Juliet Troxel; and most recently, on May 20, 2012, he lost his son, Micky Troxel. Gordon was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Bakersfield. Pastoral Assistant Members, Mary Webb, Hank Webb, Gregg Glenn, and Father Tim have brought Holy Eucharist to him regularly. We are grateful for their concern, caring, and thoughtfulness. The family would like to give a special thank you for the compassionate care and guidance of the Mercy Hospice, Bakersfield. Also, a VERY SPECIAL thank you to our caregivers, Sheryl Ross, Alex Torres, Sabrina Lynch, and Josie Salazar; they were so tender, careful, kind, caring, giving, compassionate, and fun loving to Gordon and his family. They were definitely important to our family. Gordon also received great care from Dr. Bansal, Dr. Abalos and Dr. Alnahol; and Delano Medical Center Emergency Unit, ICU Unit, and Medical Care. Thank you. A Celebration of Gordon's Life will be held on Sunday, July 22, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 5 Real Road & Stockdale Hwy. Park in the lot off Stockdale Hwy. west of the chapel. If desired, donations may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 20492, Bakersfield, CA 93390-0492; or Shiners Children's Hospital c/o Shiners Club, 700 South P Street, Bakersfield, CA 93304. For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com. Greenlawn Mortuary www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on July 19, 2012
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