Larry Nelson Gordon passed away February 2nd in Colorado Springs, CO. He was born October 24, 1932 to Henry Dale Gordon and Olive Mae (Stone) Gordon in Forest City, Missouri. Larry is the second to the youngest of five kids. Joe Gordon, Else Young, Wava Johnson, and Paula Seymour.
Larry grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and attended South Junior High School and Palmer High School. After school Larry would go to his dad’s (Gordon’s Service Station and help pump gas and clean windows. At the age of 20 Larry enlisted in the Marine Corps in May of 1952, during the Korean War. Larry served as a machine gunner with a reinforced battalion of the 6th Marines infantry regiment of the Second Marine Division, attached to the Sixth Fleet for an extended cruise in the Mediterranean Water. Larry was in the EASY COMPANY Machine Gun Platoon. The Tour of Duty was to become the first Mediterranean Battalion to be fully committed to the performance of an emergency mission. Well performing operation in the Mediterranean an order came through to proceed to Greece to aid the victims of an Earthquake disaster. Immediately arriving on the Ionian Islands, Greece on Thursday, August 15, 1953. The next tour of duty stops were Italy, Spain, Sardinia (Ashore Training), France, Crete, Greece and last Morehead City, North Carolina.
After receiving the Certificate of Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps, Larry moved back to his hometown in Colorado Springs, CO where he met the love of his life Margaret Chacon and soon married and had three children. Son Joseph Gordon who lived only five days after birth, daughter Joyce Ann (Gordon) Honeycutt, and daughter Norma Jean Gordon-Gonzales.
Larry worked hard his whole life at Stevenson Produce, G & C meat packing Co, Star-Motor Freight. Great memories watching my dad Larry play baseball at Memorial Park. Eating potato soup and poor boy sandwiches every Friday before we would go to the bowling alley to watch dad bowl on the G & C bowling league. We have a china cabinet filled with baseball and bowling trophies.
My favorite time was going to the carnival with my cousins and watching dad win all of us stuffed animals. Going on camping trips with family and friends to 11-mile canyon, Blue Mesa Reservoir and Lake DeWeese Reservoir. At first we slept in our station wagon, then moved up to a tent and then a pop up trailer. When I (Jean) was 15 years old dad traded the pop up trailer for my very first car a 1965 Ford Fairlane. Dad had brought Joyce a fastback Mustang. Dad would always give Joyce and I money for clothes, lunch, gas, or what ever we needed. He paid for our car insurance until we were 18. Looking back now I see that my dad always put us first over their needs by making sure my sister an I had all the things they didn’t have growing up.
Memorable vacations and travels time spent with family for only a few days or couple of weeks were also fun. We would always go to visit Grandma Frances and Uncle Chuckie. We would also take trips to Kemah, Texas to visit dad’s brother Joe Gordon. Joe owned a Bar and Restaurant called the Chatter box Lounge. Joe would sing in his bar, songs that my dad would sing to us as little kids. Dad would take his Mother and Father (Grandma & Grandpa Gordon) on the trips to Texas with us, oh boy what fun that was. The best time of all was our trips to California when we were all grown up with kids of our own. Dad would sneak chocolate milk in our rooms for his two grand kids (Jason and Gina) to drink before bedtime. Our trips to Las Vegas in the early 80’s dad starting getting arthritis in his hands but it didn’t stop him from giving a Hi-Five to his gambling partner son-law Fred. December 15, 2017- visiting dad at Namaste he was having a good time listening to Christmas songs. We went back to the table and sat with dad while he played with his cards. Dad reached out with his hand to Fred and touched Fred on his face. I felt this loving and compasionite feeling that it brought tears to my eyes. My dad would get a glow in his eyes and smile on his face when he would see Fred, he treated Fred as a son.
Dad worked for G & C meat packing Co. and he would take us on his delivery routes. We were on our way back from a delivery in Denver, Co on I-25 when a flash flood took out the bridge in front of us and behind us between Castle Rock and Larkspur. This was “Wednesday, June 16, 1965. Dad went and talked to other stranded people and gathered food from truck drivers. We had cookies, cherries and cabbage. We rode in helicopters over the washed out bridge to the other side of the highway where we got on army buses and drove to Fort Carson where they fed us and then drove us to G&C to pick up our car.
My favorite holiday was Christmas. We didn’t have a fireplace so we hung our socks on the door knobs and on Christmas day our socks would be gone and in their place would be Christmas stockings filled with candy and toys. The Christmas tree would always be filled with lots of presents. One year at Christmas time dad’s younger sister was facing a hardship. Dad bought her a Christmas tree, groceries and gave her money so she could buy her kids presents. A time in winter dad and mom took his eldest sister to Utah to pick up her daughter and her kids and bring them back to Colorado. Dad and mom did what they could to take care of Dad’s brother Joe. When Joe died my dad paid for his cremation and burial. It broke his heart when he picked up the 5x5 box that held the remains of the man he always looked up to and admired.
Larry was a loving generous man who throughout his life helped his family and friends whenever they needed anything. One of the things I love most about my dad is the love he has for my mom. My mom was having surgery and my dad and I were in the waiting room at Memorial Hospital. My dad starting telling me stories of when he met my mom after they got married he was working at the Commissary when his co-workers came and got him to go see some beautiful woman. When he looked up he said that beautiful woman is my wife. He described to me exactly what my mom was wearing that day she walked into the commissary with his sister Else. I took my dad dinner that night at the hospital because he wouldn’t leave my moms side until she was released to go home. Larry’s health started declining in 2011. Larry was later diagnosed with Alzheimer's, but that never stopped him from remembering the love of his life Margaret Gordon. Larry told Margaret everyday I Love you.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, brother Joe, sisters Else, Wava and Paula, son Joseph Albert Gordon, and grandson Jason. Larry is survived by his devoted wife Margaret, daughter Joyce Honeycutt, son-in-law Bob Callahan, daughter Norma Gordon-Gonzales, son-in-law Fred Gonzales, his grandchildren Gina Gates-husband Gabe Gates, Fred Gonzales III, Donny, Honeycutt III-Fiancé Amanda Sutton, Amanda Greene-husband Mike Greene, his great-grandchildren Alyeah Grayam-husband Jared Grayam, Zelene and Daniel Gallegos, Dylan and Elena Greene, and his great-great grandchildren Jayden and Jaxson, two sister-in-laws Pat Fuller, June Price and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Freddie Gonzales Donny Honeycutt
John Seymour Earl Fuller
Angelo Price Adam Price
Gary Johnson Troy Johnson