VeteranGlenn Gordon

Glenn V. “Ike” Gordon, 80, of rural Astoria, died at 6:55 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1997, at St. John’s Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born Jan. 6, 1917, in Fountain Green, a son of Robert H. and Cora A. Lowderman Gordon. He married Mae M. Brehm Brown in Beardstown on Nov. 15, 1953. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Glenda M. McCormick of Springfield, Mo., and Carol Ann Gibb of Roseville; one stepson, Melvin Brown of Lake Oswego, Ore.; one stepdaughter, Eadie Shawgo of Cambridge; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, James Gordon of Benton; and one sister, Doris Benedict of LaGrange, Ind.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, three sisters, and one grandson, Ed Shawgo.

He had previously operated dry cleaning businesses for 37 years. He had operated Lewistown Dry Cleaners for four years and he and his wife operated Astoria Dry Cleaners for 33 years. He also worked 15 years for the State of Illinois as a Stationary Engineer, last working at the Dickson Mounds State Museum near Lewistown prior to retiring in 1988.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Astoria United Methodist Church. Other memberships include: Lewistown Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5001, Lewistown American Legion Post 1, Lewistown Masonic Lodge 104, Peoria Mohammed Temple Shrine, Scottish Rite/Consistory Valley of Peoria, Illinois American Legion Past Commanders Club and the Alligator Club. He was a former member and Past Commander of Astoria American Legion Post 25. He had served as a Democrat Precinct Committeeman for Woodland Township for a number of years.

Services were held Monday at Henry Memorial Home in Lewistown with Rev. Phil Glick officiating. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery near Astoria. Combined military burial rites at the cemetery were conducted by his American Legion and VFW posts.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, St. Jude Midwest Affiliate or his church.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 1/7/1998

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