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Gordon Walter Andersen, age 82, passed away on October 27 surrounded by his family and pets at his home in Edmond, Oklahoma after a valiant battle with cancer. Gordon was Special Projects manager at Pelco Products in Edmond, Oklahoma where he had worked since 2005. Gordon was passionate about manufacturing, work force development, career tech, and K12 education and served on a number of state committees. Gordon was born in Cleveland Ohio, graduated from West High School, and attended Rice University on an ROTC scholarship. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1957 with a degree in aeronautical engineering, and earned a masters degree in business and marketing from Indiana University. Gordon was a retired Navy officer and was stationed on the USS OHare during the 1950s. He also was a photographer, a scuba diver, and a lover of barbershop singing. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Judy; a daughter Karen Rock and husband Ron of Beecher, Illinois; a daughter Patty Shantz and husband Delmar of Minco, Oklahoma; a son John Andersen and wife Francine of Palmetto Bay, Florida. He is also survived by his grandchildren Melissa Bell Kim Geis, Kelly Rock Vitiritti, Christopher Gordon Geis, Lindsey Rock Bennett, Jimmy Euting, Sarah Geis James, Steven Kyle Rock, Robert Samuel Geis, Jack Ryan Andersen, and Nathaniel David Andersen. He also delighted in his great-grandchildren, Dareck David Shantz, Annabelle Marie Bennett, Josephine Renee Bennett, Rand Hunter Vitiritti, Genevieve Euting, Marcus Jones, Jr., Winifred Jordan Geis, and Ryder Cole Vitiritti. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Clarence Cudney, nephew Bruce Cudney, and nieces Sharon Cudney and Debbie Coch. He is preceded in death by his son James Scott, his parents, and his sister Esther Cudney. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Edmond and Friday Morning Mens Group. Gordon was an ordinary man who lived an extraordinary life. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, co-workers, and pets. We appreciate the good care of Dr.s Reeves, and Lasley, and the Coleta Building Mercy Oncology Staff. Gordons family wants to thank Mercy Hospice particularly nurses and aides, Patti, Audra, Brenda, and Pam for their tender mercies and help in our loved ones last days.
The memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, November 5, at First Presbyterian Church, Edmond, OK.
Published on October 31, 2016
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