BARRY, Ill. -- Donald L. Gordon, 65, of Barry; husband of Donna; father of Debbie, Devona and Dorinda; and grandpa of Nick, Tyler, Blayne, Baylee, Reece, Aubree and Breck, lost his battle with brain cancer on Monday (Oct. 15, 2012). He knew, when diagnosed, that it would be a difficult battle, as this type of cancer presently has no cure. Because of his love of his family, he fought valiantly. Don was born May 24, 1947, in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Hannibal, Mo., a son to William Robert and Florence Elizabeth Utterback Gordon. He married his high school sweetheart, Donna Davidson, in Barry on Feb. 25, 1968, by the Rev. Robert Byler. She survives. Although Don spent much of his childhood in the Adams and Richfield area, he was a 1966 graduate of Barry High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, and was proud of his military service during the Vietnam War. He was active in the Barry American Legion 222. He was a member of the Barry Volunteer Fire Department. He joined the U.S. Postal Service in May 1971, serving as city carrier until 1973 when he became a rural carrier; carrying R.R. 2 out of Barry and Baylis. He loved his job but after experiencing health issues, he decided to retire on June 1, 2009. He was an avid golfer, and was well known by many area golfers. He enjoyed traveling, and he and Donna took many trips including several cruises and bus tours. He loved doing activities with the grandkids, especially fishing, golfing, and attending their sports activities. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Donna; their three daughters, Debra (Jerry) Utterback and Dorinda (Kory) Dunker of Barry, and Devona (Jason) Martin of Pawnee. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Nickolas and Tyler Utterback, Blayne, Baylee and Breck Martin, and Reece and Aubree Dunker. Other survivors include a special nephew, Roger D. Gordon of Ridgley, Tenn. He was preceded in death by both of his parents; a stillborn sister; two half-brothers; and a stillborn grandson, George Franklin Utterback. SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry, with the Rev. Greg Maize conducting. Burial will be in Parklawn Cemetery, Barry. Military honors will be by the Barry American Legion Post 222. VISITATION: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. MEMORIALS: Barry American Legion Post 222, Blessing Hospice or the Pike County
. ARRANGEMENTS: Niebur Funeral Chapel, Barry. WEBSITE: nieburfh.com. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19, 2012