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Gordon, James J. “Joe”

Gordon, James J. “Joe”

April 25, 1945 — December 13, 2020

James Joseph "Joe" Gordon, 75, of Excelsior Springs, MO, and formerly of Ceres, CA, passed away December 13, 2020, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City due to complications from COVID.

Joe was born April 25, 1945, in Horton, KS, the eldest of four children of James Harris and Juanita Cynthia (Brooks) Gordon. He graduated from Horton High School in 1963. Joe served in the US Navy, including two tours in Vietnam before he received honorable discharge on April 17, 1970.

Joe worked many years in RV sales and enjoyed travels in his own RV, camping and fishing.

Along with his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Patti Gordon; stepson, Scott Naylor; and brother, Patrick Gordon.

Survivors include his siblings, Mary McCoy of Excelsior Springs, MO, and Michael Gordon (Lisa) of Topeka, KS; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves two stepsons, Craig Nielson and Kevin Nielson and their families.

Due to COVID restrictions, no services are planned at this time. Cremation.

Service Information

Due to COVID restrictions, no services are planned at this time. Cremation.

Gordon, James J. “Joe”'s Guestbook

Mary Ann, Mike and family, I'm sorry to hear of Joe's recent passing. I have memories of when he coached our baseball team after his return from Nam. I'm not sure if your brother Pat talked him into coaching our team or how he ended up as our coach, but we had fun and learn to compete. Before Pat's passing each time we ran into one another it seemed we always talked about that summer. Hope each of you and your families are well. Peace, Emil

Emil Ramirez

Joe was my husband, Deril's, best friend during high school. I cannot tell you how many times Deril would begin a sentence with, "and Gordon and I would....". They were both ornery but big-hearted. I know there was some issue when they went on "senior sneak" and when they got back, they had to do some service work at the school. Somehow, Deril ended up with Joe's High School letter (that would have been sewn on a letter jacket). Some years ago, I know that Deril contacted Joe to see if he wanted him to send it to him. He indicated that he would just get it sometime when he was back in Kansas. Of course, that never happened. If you would like to have that big orange H, please let me know. I'm so sorry that Joe passed due to this Covid virus; my mother passed from it also on November 28.--Caroline Hosford, 658 S. Rutan, Wichita, KS 67218

Caroline Winkelbauer Hosford

You will be missed. Always managed to make me laugh when all I wanted to do was cry. You were one in a million in peace my dear friend.

Evelyn Johnson

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