|Dewey W. Gordon, 79, of Abingdon, died at 4:10 am Sunday, May 1, 2011 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.
He was born on November 1, 1931 in Biggers, Arkansas, the son of Clarence and Sarah Ida (Carter) Gordon. He married Donna Wilkins on September 1, 1951 in Macomb, Illinois.
Dewey is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Donna; four sons, Jim (and Carolyn) Gordon of Abingdon, Michael (and Kim) Gordon of Abingdon, Bob (and Therese) Gordon of Coal Valley and Kent (and Sue) Gordon of Abingdon; eight grandchildren, Kate Gordon, Shane (and Jessie) Gordon, Matt (and Ashley) Gordon, Nichole (and Eric) Burton, Robert (and Beth Morath) Gordon, Jr., Melissa Gordon, Ashley Gordon and Tyler Gordon; four great-grandchildren Kellen, Evan, Justin and Mason and two more expected this summer; two sisters, Geraldine Allison of Biggers, Arkansas and Pat Carlton of Tuckerman, Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, Cletis, two infant sisters, Lorine and Nina and two adult brothers, Jake and George.
He grew up in Biggers and later moved to Abingdon where he worked as a caster at Briggs Manufacturing for 43 years, retiring on May 1, 1993. He had also owned and operated Dewey's Gulf Service Station in Abingdon for two years.
Dewey was active in the Abingdon community. He served as a volunteer fireman for the Abingdon Fire Protection District for 26 years. He also volunteered as a little league baseball coach along with Jack Wherley, and they coached the Pirates team for several years as their boys were growing up. He also enjoyed camping and taking trips in their motor home. He loved his sons and daughters-in-law, and his family was his pride and joy. He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed sharing in the many events they participated in. He liked to be around people and share in laughter and good times. His saying of "Hey Boy" will be missed. One of Dewey's goals in life was to make a new friend every day.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel. Rev. Danny Hunt and Mrs. Eleanor Landon will officiate. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Tuesday at the chapel. As Dewey had requested to his family, cremation will follow the funeral service and private burial of his ashes will be in the Abingdon Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Abingdon Fire Department or the Abingdon Athletic Booster Club. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.