WEST HURLEY….. James (Jim) Carlton Gordon, 86, of Bristol Court died Friday, August 16, 2019 at the the Gilchrist Center in Columbia, MD. Born March 17, 1933 in Jericho, Iowa he was the son of the late Edward and Anna Gordon and the second youngest of their eight children. He attended a one room school house as a child and high school in New Hampton, Iowa where he performed in several plays and musicals. A veteran of the US Army, he served during the Korean War. He graduated from Kansas State with an electrical engineering degree and joined IBM in Kingston upon graduation working in the power systems area, retiring in 1990 with over 30 years of service.
An avid bowler he formerly belonged to the Saugerties Bowlers Club Friday Night K of C League. He enjoyed vacations in Maine, family reunions in Iowa, dinners out with cherished friends, watching Yankees baseball on his screened-in porch and summer sojourns to the Saratoga Race Course. Jim was always willing to help out friends, neighbors and relatives with projects of all types and could fix almost anything. He was very skilled at refinishing furniture and hand-caning antique chairs. Most of all, Jim cherished his family and travelled frequently with his wife Peggy to visit their children and grandchildren. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, husband, uncle, neighbor and friend and was known for his patience, kindness, good humor and strength in dealing with difficult circumstances.
Predeceased by his wife, Peggy and a son, Jimmy, survivors include a daughter, Kathy (Brian) Chappell of Glenwood, MD and 2 grandchildren: Ethan and Elise Chappell. He is also survived by his sister Charlene Cutsforth of Waterloo, Iowa and his brother Merle Gordon of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews also survive.
His Funeral Procession will form at 10:15 AM Thursday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc. Cor. of John & Lafayette Sts. Thence to the Old Dutch Church in Kingston where his funeral service will commence at 11:00 AM Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Saugerties. Friends will be received Wednesday 2:00-4:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family on Jim’s Tribute Wall @SeamonWilseyFuneralHome.com. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Cancer Research Institute or the Gilchrist Center Howard County.
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