SIDNEY -- Gordon J. Lis, 83, of Sidney, passed away on Tuesday May 11, 2021 at Wilson Health, Sidney, Ohio, at 2:35 AM. He was born on April 19, 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Joseph and Mary (nee Krzewina) Lis and they are deceased.
Gordon was married to Carol R. (Krasovich) Lis on December 01, 1962 at Holy Assumption Church in West Allis, Wisconsin and she survives. Along with his wife Gordon is survived by three children; one son, Christopher Lis of Dayton, Ohio, and two daughters, Marie (Kenny) Inderrieden of Sidney, Ohio, and Therese (Michael) Farmer of Oxford, Ohio and six grandchildren, Sebastian and Zoe Lis, Cullen Inderrieden, and Elizabeth, Sammy, and Matthew Farmer. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Andrew Lis.
Gordon graduated from St. John Kanty in Milwaukee, Wisconsin class of 1952 where he was valedictorian and was feature editor of his school paper. Gordon went on to the University of Marquette where he graduated in 1960 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Gordon went on to obtain his Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin in Mechanical Engineering. While Gordon worked in Milwaukee as an engineer he invented the air suspension seat that is used in heavy trucks. In 1984 Gordon and his family moved to Sidney, Ohio where he worked as a research engineer at Copeland Corporation.
In 1971 Gordon and Carol joined the Schoenstatt Movement, a Catholic Marian Movement. Gordon led two Schoenstatt Boys' groups in Milwaukee. Gordon and Carol continued to promote the movement when they moved to Ohio and led several formation groups. They were blessed to see the growth of Schoenstatt in other areas.
Gordon was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 659 in Sidney. He also taught CCD, sang in the church choir, was a lector at Mass and wrote short meditations for a church bulletin in Milwaukee. Gordon and Carol belong to the Right to Life where Gordon was past director of the Shelby County Right to Life and he organized speakers and candle light processions at the Shelby County Court House in Sidney.
Gordon was a very special person who had many, many friends. He loved to laugh, travel, playing chess and cards, and working in the yard. Gordon was musically talented and enjoyed playing the guitar; he had a beautiful singing voice and wrote several songs. At Marquette, Gordon and Carol belonged to the Ballroom Dance Club. Together they enjoyed dancing throughout their life until Gordon became ill. But most of all he loved to visit his children and play with the grandchildren.
Gordon began the Divine Conceptus devotion which commemorates the instant of Jesus' conception within the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A beautiful prayer to the Divine Conceptus and a picture reflecting the devotion were widely distributed. Gordon also composed a song for the Divine Conceptus. Throughout his life Gordy reached out to those in need, especially the weak and vulnerable. He had a strong abiding faith in Divine Providence, God's holy will and to the intercession of the Blessed Mother. Gordy suffered for years before Our Lord called him home. Even when he was very weak, he would bless himself as others prayed at his bedside.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 17th, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Holy Angels Catholic Church with Fr. David Zink, Fr. Steve Mondiek, and Fr. Jared Kohn. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Sidney. Friends may call at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney on Sunday, May 16, 2021 from 1-5 PM. The Knights of Columbus will have a prayer service at 4:45 PM. Use of face masks are encouraged at all funeral rites. Condolences may be expressed online at www.salm-mcgillandtangemanfh.com. Memorials may be made to Holy Angels Church, Sidney, Ohio or the Schoenstatt Movement of Ohio. Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home is honored to be taking care of the Lis family.