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Norman Dale Gordon, 84, of Columbia City, passed away unexpectedly at 8:54 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at his residence.
Born July 5, 1929, in Tipton, he was the son of Edward and Mabel (Geiger) Gordon.
Norman grew up in several locations, but spent a great deal of his childhood in Churubusco and graduated from North Webster High School with the Class of 1947.
He married Margie Alice Gaerte Dec. 24, 1950, at Rev. Marion Shroyerâ€™s parsonage in Columbia City.
He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served as a weapons mechanic.
He was employed for short periods at LML and W.A. Jones, both in Columbia City and then worked 33 years for Dana, Fort Wayne, in the assembly line.
He also was a lifetime grain farmer, living at his present home since 1953. However, Normâ€™s true passion and love was flying.
In 1967, he built and operated Gordon Airport in Columbia City, and at age 84 on the day of his death, he flew his plane for the last time checking out local farmers harvesting.
He was a member of The Chapel, Fort Wayne, where he served as an usher.
Previously, Norman and Margie were faithful attendees at Oak Grove Church of God, where on August 1954, under Pastor Hubert Miller, Norman became born again.
He was a faithful volunteer serving meals at the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Margie Alice Gordon of Columbia City; daughter, Debbie (Wayne) Kreiger of Columbia City; two sons, Randy (Julie) Gordon and Ben (Michel) Gordon both of Columbia City; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, LaVon Steffen of Fort Wayne and Inez (Roy) Caywood of Syracuse and one brother, Raymond (Joan) Gordon of Wolcottville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Mabel Gordon; son, Dan Lee Gordon; two brothers, Clifford and Virgil Gordon and one sister, Geneva Gordon.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and after 9 a.m. Thursday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City.
Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Pastors Rick Hawks and Mark Clough officiating.
Committal service and burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Columbia City.
Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Gordonâ€™s memory to Fort Wayne Rescue Mission or Heritage Mission.
Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.