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James Thomas Gordon(1923 - 2013)

JAMES THOMAS GORDON Loved and adored by all who knew him, James Thomas Gordon, of Riverside, California, died on November 5, 2013. He was born on Independence Day, July 4, 1923, in Hope, Arkansas. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Shirley B. Gordon; his stepson, Mark D. Johnson (Dori) and Mark's children: Michael, Matthew and Kailan Johnson. Also surviving is daughter-in-law Kari Johnson (wife of deceased stepson, Jon D. Johnson) and their children: Erik, Kyle and Katie Johnson Palmquist. He has five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his older sister, Beatrice Gordon Hicks; nieces: Linda Hicks, Debra Nystrom Kelley, Diane Gordon Hart and Melanie Nystrom Verdugo and nephews: Michael and Mark Gordon. He was greatly loved and will be missed by his relatives and many special friends. James Gordon was a veteran of World War II and served honorably in the Army as a SSGT in the Pacific Theatre from 1/1943 to 12/1945. Upon release from military duty, he was employed by Van De Kamp Bakery, then at Sages Bakery until joining General Mills in 1969 where he remained until retirement in 1987. He was a member for 65 years of the Glendale Elk's Club #1289, and a lifetime member (since 1956) of the American Institute of Baking. He attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Riverside, CA for 47 years and became a member in 1984. He served there as Church Council Secretary and President and was a devout member until his death. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, 11/17/13, at 10:45 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5969 Brockton Ave., Riverside, CA 92506. Your prayers are welcomed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church for the James Thomas Gordon Memorial Fund.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 14, 2013
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