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George E. Gordon

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The Angels took George Edward Gordon "George the Barber" to Heaven on July 8, 2008. In his last weeks, George received wonderful care from his wife, Merle, his sister-in-law, Kitty, daughters, Teri and Gail, his son, Randy, and the wonderful people of Enloe Hospice.

George was born February 22, 1938 in Yosemite National Park. As a child, he lived in Susanville, CA. The family moved to Oroville, CA in 1952, and he remained a resident of Butte County the rest of his life.

After graduating from Oroville High School in 1957, he worked various jobs before starting his career as a Barber. In the early 1960's, George had worked on the Oroville Dam project and it was something he was very proud of. George was injured while working on the dam and was rehabilitated and became a Barber in 1968. This was his true calling. "George the Barber," as he was known to his numerous friends and clients, worked at several locations in Chico and eventually owned his own shop. He will always be known for his crew cuts, his bench in front of his shop on Broadway and his endless whistling.

Besides always tinkering with his old cars, George loved fishing, boating and hanging out on his houseboat at Lime Saddle Marina.

George fought a long and courageous six-month battle with cancer. Most days, his smile and sense of humor were still able to shine through. He loved his children and grandchildren to be around him as well as his beloved dog, Missy. He had a great love for his family and they for him.

George is survived by his wife, Merle; his daughters, Teri and husband, Bernie Yuhnke of Reno and Gail Walton of Paradise; his son, Randy O'Connell and wife, Michelle of Reno; his brother, Glen Gordon and wife, Judy of Oroville; sister-in-law, Kitty Goodwin of Chico; brother-in-law, Roy Newton of Kingman, AZ along with five grandchildren; one great-grandson and many extended family members.

George was loved by all and will be terribly missed, but will never be forgotten by all those who knew him.

A celebration of George's life will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2008 at Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home.

Donations in his memory may be made to Enloe Hospice or the in care of the funeral home. You may share your thoughts and memories of George online at nbcfh.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on July 15, 2008
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