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Swede Gordon - December 12, 2013


Marion Francis “Swede” Gordon, age 91, died peacefully at his farm home on Dec. 12, 2013, with his grandson Lance Snyder at his bedside. Swede was born Sept. 7, 1922, to Erastus and Mable (Potter) Gordon, joining his older brother Coral Gordon.

His youth was lived in Sedgwick County, where Swede attended the Fairfield School (District 46) through the 10th grade. He was a member of the Fairfield Covenant Church Conformation Class of 1938. Swede completed his formal education at Haxtun High School, where he participated in basketball and FFA. He was a member of the Haxtun High School graduating class of 1941.

On Dec. 22, 1945, Swede married Wilma Ensminger of Holyoke, and their union was blessed with two children: Barbara and Roger. Swede was a lifelong dryland farmer, raising wheat, corn and millet. He and Wilma ran a dairy for several years and later raised sheep. He was a member of the Paoli Farmer’s Co-op and Holyoke Co-op.

Following Wilma’s death in 1985, Swede semi-retired and for more than 15 years spent his winters in Apache Junction, Ariz., with his brother Coral. During his semi-retirement, he took up woodworking as a hobby, making gifts for friends and family.

In December 1997, Swede married Vitula “Vi” Jasper of Amarillo, Texas, and they spent their years together between Amarillo, the Colorado farm and Apache Junction.

Swede was preceded in death by his parents, Erastus and Mable Gordon; his brother, Coral Gordon; and his wife, Wilma.

He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Snyder and husband James of Centreville, Md.; son, Roger Gordon and wife Kris of Holyoke; wife, Vitula Jasper Gordon of Holyoke; grandchildren, Lance Snyder, Erick Snyder, Amanda Gordon, Allison Horton and husband Russell and Andrew Gordon; and great-grandchildren, Gabrielle “Gabi” Gordon, Reece Horton and Avery Horton. He will be missed by the entire family.

No service will be held as per his wishes.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.