1936 - 2017
John Gordon, 81, of Watertown, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Buckeye, Arizona.
He was born March 20, 1936, in Beaver Dam, to Leo and Catherine (Hilbert) Gordon. He was united in marriage to Florence Kreuziger on April 14, 1956, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years. John was a counselor for Kettle Moraine Hospital, and both John and Florence co-founded Directions Counseling Center in Watertown in the 1980s. Later, he also became an insurance agent and financial planner for Catholic Knights Insurance and Ameriprise until retirement.
John strived for spiritual development through daily persistence in living the way he believed God wanted him to live. Like the wearing away of a stone by steady drops of water, he had faith that his daily persistence would wear away all the difficulties and gain spiritual success for himself and all the souls he touched. Never faltering in this daily, steady persistence, he passed away peacefully and with love, surrounded by his family.
Survivors include his wife, Florence of Watertown; six children, Michael (Karen) Gordon of Olympia, Washington, Gregory (Dalila) Gordon of Waunakee, Daniel (Ray Concepcion) Gordon of Berkeley, California, Janine Winter of Watertown, Jeffrey (Christina) Gordon of Sherman Oaks, California, and John “Jack” (Joanna Ivey) Gordon of Madison; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and halfbrother, James Veling.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Josephine Bundick; and one brother, Richard Gordon.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Alex Carmel presiding. Interment will follow at St. Henry Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials in John’s memory may be made to St. Henry Catholic Church or a charity of choice.
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