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Apr. 1, 1925 - Apr. 30, 2013
Gordon Schlenker, 88, of Venice, FL died April 30, 2013. He grew up a city kid in New York City during the 1920's. During WWII, he was drafted at 18 and served as an auto mechanic in Europe with the US Army's 126th Anti-aircraft Battalion. After the war, he graduated from Cleveland Trade School in diesel mechanics, married Margaret Jenks and moved to Gaston, IN where he farmed his grandmother's farm, repaired diesels in Muncie and eventually owned and operated a repair shop for 10 years at their home. He was a master mechanic who enjoyed overcoming the challenges that came with repairing complex machinery.
After retirement, Gordon moved to Venice, FL to pursue his dream to cruise the Caribbean in his trawler Southern Mist. He loved boating, fishing, water-skiing, scuba diving and yoga on the beach. He was often found in the engine room of his boat or rebuilding machinery in his repair shop at his garage. Gordon was a member of Venice Church of the Nazarene, the VFW, The American Legion, Dive Club and the Marine Trawler Owners' Association.
He is survived by his sister, Joan S. Cattanach, Denver CO; his daughters: Bonnie (Creede) Hinshaw, Savannah GA and Linda (Harold) Seitz, Atlanta; three grandchildren: Jess, Jeremy, Jacob Hinshaw; five nieces and nephews, many wonderful faithful friends and his rescue dog Jake. The family would like to thank his caregivers at Banyan Residence for their loving care and his friends for their continued support during this last year.
A memorial service will be held on May 7, 11:30 am, at the Venice Church of the Nazarene followed by visitation with family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to
Published in Herald Tribune from May 3 to May 4, 2013