Gordon E. Leon, 81, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Venice Regional Bayfront Health in Venice, Fla.
He was born Aug. 21, 1932, in Salisbury Center, N.Y., to Charles Leon and Edna Johnson Leon.
Gordon was employed by Doeskin Paper Mill as a supervisor in Utica, N.Y., until he was transferred to Hinsdale, N.H., where he resided for 20 years. While living in New Hampshire, he was very active in the community, running for office and supporting community service events. Upon his return to New York, he was employed as a shipping employee at Folt’s Nursing Home, where he retired in 1997. Before moving to Florida, Gordon lived in Hinesville, Ga. Gordon was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean War, from 1950 to 1953. He is a lifetime member of the VFW, and a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church.
Gordon’s life was complete just spending time with his family. His contagious personality and hearty laugh will be missed dearly by his family and all who knew him. Gordon never met a stranger and was willing to help anyone he could. You will forever be in our hearts and prayers. We love you, and until we meet again.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Frances of Englewood; two daughters, Monica (fiancé Gary Russell) Zinn of Englewood, and Darlene (Samuel) Hammond of Port Charlotte, Fla.; three grandchildren, Nathan (Melanie) Zinn, Samuel (Barbara) Hammond IV and Brent Hammond; four great-grandchildren, Samuel Hammond V, Kylie Hammond, Kristine Zinn and Reese Zinn; three brothers, Dayton (Florence), Tom (Sarah) and Denny (Gerta); two sisters, Shirley (Fred) Ashley and Patricia (Vaughn) Tennant; and he will be sadly missed by his three canine grandsons, Buddy, Lucky and Buzz. Gordon was preceded in death by five brothers; and one sister.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9910 State Road 72, Sarasota, Fla., with Military Honors .Donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908; or the American Cancer Society, 992 Tamiami Trail, Unit C-2, Port Charlotte, FL 33953. Please visit the online tribute for Gordon Leon at www.kays-ponger.com to sign the guest book and offer condolences to the family.
Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Port Charlotte Chapel.