Jackie L. Gordon

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Jackie L. Gordon, 82, Nevada, passed away on Monday, April 23, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo. Jackie was born July 27, 1935, in Sheldon to Clarence A. and Mattie Mae (Stone) Gordon. He married Carolyn Mae Royston on Dec. 23, 1955, in Lamar, Mo., and she survives of the home.

Jackie was a lifelong resident of Vernon County. From 1953-1955 he served in the United State Army. Jackie was stationed at Ft. Riley and later Camp Carson, Colo., where was discharged in 1955. Upon his return to Vernon County, he began working at Nevada State Hospital where he worked for 35 years and three months until his retirement in 1991. Jackie enjoyed camping, fishing, going on cruises, crafts (turtles), coon hunting, and traveling he visited all 50 states.

In addition to his wife Carolyn, survivors include three children, Kathy Smith and her husband Leon, Nevada, Kenton Gordon and his wife Terri, Diamond, and Kerry Gordon, Nevada; four grandchildren, Eric Smith and his wife Bouaphanh, Darya Collins, Thad Gordon and Kristi Gordon; four great-grandchildren, Evan Smith, Ethan Smith, Ty Kalleck and Blade Kalleck; one sister, Rosalee Potter, Lamar; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Willis Gordon, Glenn Gordon and Paul Gordon; two sisters, Edna Rice and her husband Howard, and Dulcie Rice and her husband Marvin; one brother-in-law, Rollin Potter; and one granddaughter, Amanda Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service.

Memorials are suggested in his memory to Vernon County Cancer Relief in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

You may view obituary and send condolences online at www.ferryfuneralhome.com.