Paul Summers Gordon, age 83, was the son of the late Clarence Bluford Gordon and Ruby Dee Haney Gordon. Paul peacefully rejoined our mother, Veda Gordon, and his loved ones on Wednesday evening after a brief hospitalization.
We would like to take this opportunity to share with you, the man whom we were fortunate enough to call our dad, and whom you may have had the blessing of being one of his family members or friends. Paul was born in St. Louis, Mo., and was a life-long resident of Joplin, Mo.
If you knew our dad, it was obvious how very proud he was to have served in the U.S. Army 3rd Division 15th Infantry Company D as a Sergeant E-5. During this time, he received the following citations: Outstanding Service; Good Conduct Medal; 2nd Class Gunner (Machine Gun); and Sharpshooter in both rifle and pistol.
One of his greatest joys was having the opportunity to work with the mentally disabled and the staff at the Joplin Regional Center. He was proud of the lives he touched during his 17 years of service.
Our dad was also staunchly proud of his Scottish Heritage. He realized his lifelong dream of visiting Scotland with his wife in 1997 and enjoyed attending Scottish festivals where he wore the Gordon Clan's Coat of Armor and kilt with pride. He even frequented his grandchildren's classrooms in true Gordon dress singing the Gordon Motto, "Do well and let them say: Gordon."
As all that knew him will attest, his proudest moments were those that found him playing with, spending time with, or talking about his adored grandchildren, Staci Drozda, Paul Summers Gordon the 2nd (his namesake), Anissa Williams, Matt and Ady Gordon, Randy, Steve, and Wesley Newberry. Grandpa we love you dearly and will miss you fiercely!
In addition to his parents and his wife of 44 years, Veda Gordon, Paul was preceded in death by his brothers, Joyce Kilmer Gordon, Larry Dalton Gordon, Richard Kane Gordon, and Betty Jean Gordon (Boyd).
Paul is survived by his sister, Barbara Carter; his daughters, Kelli Gordon, Felicia and Dave Siepker, and Paula and Vikk Nicoll-Gordon; and his son, Marc and Diana Gordon.
Throughout his life, Paul has touched many lives and in return has been touched by many. As his children, we would like to thank you, his friends, for enriching his life with your friendship. Dad, we love you and will miss you terribly. See you on the other side.
Graveside service and Celebration of Life to be announced in the near future.
Published on December 10, 2017