Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
March 6, 2014 11:01 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — Jack O. Gordon, 90, of Sharon Drive, Mount Vernon, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Knox Community Hospital. He was born Feb. 5, 1924, in Jeanette, Pa., to the late Fred A. and Anna (Smith) Gordon. Jack graduated from Arnold High School in Pennsylvania where he played the trumpet in the marching band. Upon graduation, Jack entered the U.S. Army Air Corps where he served as a flight instructor for pilots entering World War II. Jack has flown anything from single engine planes to multi-engine bombers.

After his service to his country, Jack garnered employment with Pittsburgh Plate Glass where he eventually retired in 1986 as a service manager. He was a member of the Gay Street United Methodist Church and Sons of the American Revolution. Jack also belonged to Mt. Zion Lodge 9 F&AM where he served as past Master, Chapter R.A.M., Council, R. & S.M., Commandery K.T., Knox Chapter 236 Order of Eastern Star where he served as past worthy patron, and Aladdin Shrine where he served with the Aladdin Pipes and Drums.

Following his Scottish ancestry, Jack traded in his trumpet in his later years for the bagpipes. He was well known throughout Knox County for playing the bagpipes for numerous functions in Knox County.

He is survived by his wife, Emily (Laughlin) Gordon, whom he married May 22, 1944; his children, Deborah (Roger) Massa of Mount Vernon and Kevin (Judy) Gordon of Atlanta, Ga.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth Gordon and Floyd Gordon; and three sisters, Pauline Gordon, Bernice Hazlett and Betty Beveridge.

Friends may call Friday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home where a Masonic service will begin at 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Rev. Denise Marikis will be officiating. Entombment with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Relay for Life of Knox County, 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH 43017.

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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Jack O. Gordon.

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